The recently installed dock at Martin’s Lake will continue to be available to the public free of charge.

A hot spot near the town of Princeton in British Columbia, will be a fee-for-service provincial campground next year, according to The Similkameen Spotlight.

Recreation Sites and Trails B.C., under the authority of the provincial forestry ministry, has begun construction on 10 campsites at Martin’s Lake. They will eventually be available to campers for between $10 and $12 per night.

Tim Bennett, district forest operations officer, said developing the area into a campground with some supervision makes sense.

“We had a call from a local resident who wanted to the see the site maintained a little better,” he said. “The site has been very localized to the community. It’s a bit different from our normal recreation sites.”

That neighbor to the campground will be its operator, he said.

Martin’s Lake has always been the responsibility of the province but it’s been undeveloped for several years.

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