New rates forand cave tours will go into effect at National Scenic Riverways on April 15, 2022.
Rate adjustments will be implemented in the developed front-countryat , Big Spring, Two Rivers, Round Spring, and Pulltite. Increased rates will also apply to all back-country , including those located at Big Tree, Grubb, Gooseneck, Bay Creek, , Rymers, Shawnee Creek, Two Rivers (back-country ), Log Yard, Powder Mill, , Cedar Grove, and Dee Murray. Additionally, fees will be established at the Jerktail, Broadfoot, and Clubhouse back-country . The at Bachers and Baptizing Hole would be added to the back-country fee structure at .
The new rates are as follows:
|Peak Season Rates (April 15 – October 15)||Current Rate||New Rate|
|Back-country cluster||$15/ night||$25/night|
|Off-Season Rates (October 16 – April 14)||Current Rate||New Rate|
|Chubb Hollow group||$0/night||$25/night|
|Round Spring Cave Tours (Memorial Day to Labor Day)||Current Rate||New Rate|
|Cave tour (adult)||$5 per person||$10 per person|
|Cave tour (child age 12 and under)||$2 per person||$5 per person|
Public feedback on proposed fee increases was sought during a 45-day comment period in late 2021. During that period, 43 correspondences were received. Commenters were generally supportive of the proposed rate increases for front-country, back-country group , and cave tours. A number of commenters expressed concern about the level of the proposed increase for regular back-country and suggested a smaller increase in those areas.
“We appreciate those that took the time to review the proposed rate adjustments and offer their feedback,” said Superintendent Jason Lott. “After considering all the comments, we adjusted the proposed rate for back-countryas was recommended. The rate increase will allow us to enhance our services in park and be used for on-going park enhancements, like new , flood-resilient restrooms, visitor programs and exhibits, expanded trash collection, and park signs. Visitors will see an immediate use of these funds with the installation of seven new vault restrooms later in 2022, located at Rymers, Bay Creek, Akers, , on the Current, Pin Oak, and Big Tree.”
In 2004, Congress passed the Federal LandsEnhancement Act which allows National Scenic Riverways to keep approximately 96% of fees collected for operating and maintaining the park. This includes day-to-day costs for operating , such as trash removal, and servicing restroom facilities, as well as longer- improvements like upgrading restrooms and showers, constructing and maintaining , improving , and providing programs for visitors.
National Scenic Riverways preserves 134 miles of the free-flowing Current and Jacks Fork rivers, the surrounding resources, and the unique cultural heritage of the people.
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