State park camping fees are outrageous

Published: November 18, 2013

Over Veterans Day weekend, my family took a trip to Lake Murray State Park to ride ATVs. Upon getting there we rented an RV spot, knowing we didn't have an RV but would be sleeping in a tent instead. We told the office we were setting up a large tent and a small one-person tent. The fee was $23 a night for a total of $69. However, when we returned from our ride on the second day we had a ticket taped to the windshield of our vehicle stating we owed them more money for the extra tent on the space. We argued but still had to pay an additional $68 for two tents on the space.

The $68 was for the little tent and for people sleeping in the back of our pickup. The man who ticketed us said Lake Murray rules require you pay by sleeping quarters, not by the tent, and the back of the pickup was sleeping quarters. We had five people staying on the RV spot and were using electric only to run lights around the canopy at night, and used water only to rinse dishes after meals. No sewer.

These fees are an outrage and basically keep people from using the parks because they can't afford it.

Ivon Baker, Anadarko


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