Entrance and user fees at Olympic National Park will increase on June 1, following the busy Memorial Day Weekend. This is the park's first fee increase since January 2006.
A new fee schedule for park entrance and user fees was proposed last October and public feedback and comments were invited during a two-month comment period. Several changes were made to the original proposal in response to public input.
"We're grateful for the comments we received last fall," said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. "Entrance and overnight wilderness use fees will be phased in over several years, based in large part on suggestions from stakeholders and the public."
"The money from user and entrance fees provides vital funding for visitor facilities like water and wastewater systems, campgrounds, roads, trails and visitor centers," said Creachbaum.
At Olympic in 2014, approximately $2.2 million in fee revenue provided for improved visitor facilities and services, including trail and wilderness bridge repair, new visitor center exhibits and operation of the park's wilderness information program.
This summer, visitors will find newly improved accessible parking spaces and walkways at the Hoh and Quinault visitor centers, trail repairs in the Hoh and Sol Duc valleys and south coast route and wilderness information for hikers and backpackers.
"We are committed to providing all visitors with the best possible experience, while still providing affordable options to enjoy the park," said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum.