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Despite being a financial hardship on some visitors, proposed new or increased fees at Oregon’s Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest campgrounds and day-use sites are needed to keep them clean and user-friendly at places like the Rogue Gorge and Natural Bridge, forest officials say.

And don’t worry, there will still be plenty of places to see for free along Highway 62, according to the Mail Tribune.

Officials are continuing forward on fee-increase proposals for 19 campgrounds, cabins and day-use areas in Jackson County, including a $5 fee for an impromptu pit-stop at the Union Creek Wayside bathroom for a cross-legged kid in the backseat heading up Highway 62.

“We understand it creates a hardship for some people,” forest spokeswoman Virginia Gibbons said. “But there are still places along Highway 62 that do not and will not include fees.”

Bathroom breaks for highway motorists will remain free at places such as Farewell Bend and Mill Creek campgrounds, as well as Mazama Viewpoint and Claude Lewis trailheads and sno-parks along highway 230, Gibbons said.

The forest will present its fee-change proposals for locations in Jackson County to the Rogue-Umpqua Resource Advisory Committee when it meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, at the Umpqua National Forest supervisor’s office, 2900 N.W. Stewart Parkway in Roseburg.

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