Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation officials say overall visitation numbers rose this year, though it’s still too early to judge the effect of increased recreation fees, the Associated Press reported.
That’s because many of those who stayed at campgrounds in Idaho’s 30 state parks made their reservations before price hikes began this year.
A year ago, 79,669 people stayed overnight at state parks in tents, RVs or cabins and yurts.
This year, the numbers rose to just over 80,600, so far.
Agency spokeswoman Jennifer Wernex says those figures may not accurately represent just how people are reacting to paying more to experience Idaho’s outdoors.
She’s says, “It’s still too early to say.”
The fee hikes are part of Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s plan to get the agency to wean itself off taxpayer support, if it can.