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We did dabble in an out-of-state surcharge years ago. Most campsites are occupied by Oregonians, though Washington (our lead out-of-state source of visitors) and California make up about 40-45% of our summer campers. The extra charge didn't raise a significant amount of money, and our neighbors to the north and south started doing the same to Oregonians. Really, I think you could make a stronger argument for a nonresident surcharge if state parks were supported by tax dollars (and even then, it wouldn't be a slam dunk). As it is, parks are funded mainly by money collected from visitors. Oregonians who own an RV pay a registration fee, and some of that money goes to the state aprk system (some goes to county parks). Oregon Lottery makes up the rest.
posted 5 years ago
posted 5 years ago
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