Officials have proposed a camping fee increase at Assateague Island National Seashore, in Maryland aimed at addressing the growing gap between the Seashore’s camping fees and those in other campgrounds in the area.
According to officials, the proposal includes raising the cost of regular campsites in the Oceanside and Bayside campgrounds by $10 per night, the Group sites by $30 per night, and the horse campsite by $50 per night.
The proposed changes would only apply to front country camping fees, with backcountry camping fees remaining the same.
The main reason for the proposed increase, officials say, is to address the disparity between the Seashore’s camping fees and the rates at other nearby campgrounds. This move is expected to bring the fees more in line with the regional camping market.
Current fees for regular campsites at Assateague Island National Seashore are $30 per night for Oceanside and Bayside campgrounds, $80 per night for Group sites, and $100 per night for the horse campsite.
If the proposal is adopted, the fees would increase to $40 per night for Oceanside and Bayside campgrounds, $110 per night for Group sites, and $150 per night for the horse campsite.
If adopted, the new fees would take effect on October 1, 2023. This timeline will allow campers to adjust their plans accordingly, should the proposal be approved.
Private campground owners and operators in the area may also be affected by the proposed fee increase at Assateague Island National Seashore.
As the Seashore’s fees become more in line with those of private campgrounds, it may prompt some campers to reconsider their choice of camping location. This could lead to increased competition between the Seashore and private campgrounds.
However, it is important to note that the proposed fee increase may also encourage private campground owners and operators to invest in improvements and amenities to maintain a competitive edge. This could ultimately benefit campers by providing more options and improved facilities in the region.