Hoosier National Forest

The Hoosier National Forest in Bedford, Ind., began implementing fee changes at German Ridge and Saddle Lake Campgrounds on Nov. 20.

According to WBIW.com, both campgrounds are maintained year-round by forest service employees and volunteers. As the cost of maintenance increases and recreation budgets decline, forest staff will use the fees to repair, maintain and improve the campsites at both locations.

The new fee for German Ridge is $8 per campsite, per night, up from $4 per campsite, per night. The previous fee of $4 was in place for over 20 years.

The forest has implemented several improvements to German Ridge Campground over the years. A new double vault toilet building was installed in 2009 to replace two wooden pit toilets. A gravity feed water tank, water lines and nine water spigots were installed in 2006 to provide water for horses.

Two of the nine spigots are frost free, providing water year-round. The forest recently installed two pull-through campsites to accommodate larger horse trailers. Horse camping use has increased over the years and the cost for hauling water to the campground has increased as well.

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