It will cost you a little bit more to enter an Indiana state park or state forest this season.
Operating costs have increased which has caused the increase in gate fees. The entrance to most state parks and three state forest recreation areas will increase from $5.00 per in-state vehicle to $7.00. Many activities offered are free after paying the gate fee.
Out-of-state admission at most properties will increase from $7.00 to $9.00 per carload. Out-of-state admission at Indiana Dunes State Park will increase from $10 to $12. Most camping sites will increase by $4.00 and rooms at state park inns will increase by $2.00. Annual passes will increase from $40 to $50.
These changes are effective May 13. This is the first fee overhaul since 2006. Revenue generated from the increases will support staffing and the purchasing of supplies and equipment.
A list of all the fee changes for 2015 can be found at stateparks.in.gov/2391.htm.