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Old 06-09-10, 10:32 PM   #1
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WA State Parks Hiker/Biker Fees (xpost from PNW)

Hey all,

Currently looking at the reservation site for WA State Parks campsites, and it appears that the "Price based on selected dates" (any date for that matter) for the parks I'm looking at (Moran, Bay View), is $20.50/night. Can anyone verify/deny that this is indeed the going rate? When compared to Oregon's hiker/biker fees, it seems a bit off and would make a short 3-night jaunt to the San Juans a bit pricey.

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Why don't you call the park? AFAIK, you can't reserve the H/B sites, that's kind of the point, so the fee you are seeing is probably a regular car site, and $20 doesn't sound surprising.
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On the reservation site that WA state parks uses, you can still view the non-reservable hiker/biker sites and their price. Attached, for example, is at Moran State Park for June 17th. I'm just wondering if anyone can verify that I will indeed be paying $20.50 for the night at all WA state parks, or if (for whatever reason), the actual fees due at the park tend to be less than the website. Add to that, parks.wa.gov also says walk-in sites are $14 a night....

I think I'm just in surprised at the difference between WA and OR if $20.50 is indeed the price. And yes, I realize I could just call each individual park, or I could ask for other experiences.

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We paid $14/ night in WA State Parks in 2008. Hiker biker sites are usually per person so that is $7.00/ person . However, WA does have a severe budget deficit and with inflation............... Just call one park, and that should be the rate for most of the others. It seemed like we also had to pay for the showers.
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oh, id suspect the san juan island H/B campsites merit some premium. here's one thing: you cannot be turned away from a state park if you arrive by bike or on foot as the next accomodations are not likely within a days travel...

double check that but i believe it is the case.
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Believe all you read about the high fees in Wa. State. We have a ferry system that is rife with corruption and legislature that doesn't have the courage to cut programs and a regressive tax system that screws just about everyone. We do have TWO half a billion dollar sports stadiums across the street from each other in Seattle, the teams wanted all the revenue for themselves and couldn't figure out how to make it work with one stadium. The baseball park has a retractable roof for a game normally (except this year so far) in nice weather and the football/ soccer field is open air for games played in the worst of our weather. Screwy place for sure its like this all over the state and as soon as I can retire in about 3 to 5 years I'm outta here.
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I toured through Washington in 1992. The hiker/biker sites were priced similarly with Oregon's. I toured there three years ago. The hiker/bikers (sometimes called "primitive") cost the same as regular campsites. It would seem they're not interested in promoting green travel.
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On the reservation site that WA state parks uses, you can still view the non-reservable hiker/biker sites and their price. Attached, for example, is at Moran State Park for June 17th. I'm just wondering if anyone can verify that I will indeed be paying $20.50 for the night at all WA state parks, or if (for whatever reason), the actual fees due at the park tend to be less than the website. Add to that, parks.wa.gov also says walk-in sites are $14 a night....

I think I'm just in surprised at the difference between WA and OR if $20.50 is indeed the price. And yes, I realize I could just call each individual park, or I could ask for other experiences.

Walk-in site is not necessarily synonymous with a hiker/biker site. In many campground you can arrive by car and still camp in a walk-in site. The site is just no accessible by car (i.e., you can drive right up to the site and park in it). Check with the parks. Dollars to donuts that the hiker/biker rate will be less than the rate you are seeing for the walk-in sites.
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