NID to raise rates at lakes
Recreation rates at Scotts Flat and Rollins reservoirs will be increased this year by the Nevada Irrigation District.
In recent years the district has established a philosophy of having water and electricity sales pay for operations. But when it comes to recreation at the two lakes, public service is the driving force according to NID executive Peggy Davidson.
“We’re in the red, we’re not making money,” Davidson said this week. With increasing costs and bills for recent improvements at both public outlets on Scotts Flat, “were not even covering costs.”
The current budget for the 2006-07 year foresees $915,000 in recreation revenues and state grants compared to expenditures of $1,185,000. That means NID will have to move $270,000 over from its water division to break even. NID has been reported to have more than $70 million in reserve funds.
Boaters will pay the largest increases, with a daily mooring at Scotts Flat going to $8.75 from $7. Monthly mooring fees there will increase to $100 compared to last year’s $70.
Boat slips are used for three of the four Rollins Reservoir campgrounds, and the daily rate of $15 will be maintained at Greenhorn Campground. However, the seasonal slip rate there will go to $700, up from last year’s $650.
Boat slip day rates will increase to $20 from $15 at Orchard Springs Campground with season rates increasing to $650 from $600. Day boat rates at Long Ravine Campground will go to $25 from $20 and seasonal rates will jump to $600 from $555.
The district will raise rates for day-use vehicles with four persons to $6.25 from $6 at the Scotts Flat Campground and the four others at Rollins Reservoir. Overnight campers will pay $1 to $4 more per night than before.
Davidson said the new rates compare favorably with others in Northern California. Day use recreationists pay $7 per vehicle at Folsom Lake and anywhere from $4 to $14 at state parks compared to NID’s new $6.25 rate.
Campers pay anywhere from $20 to $33 per night at Collins Reservoir in Marysville. The cost to camp at Bullards Bar Reservoir near the San Juan Ridge is $17 per night.
State campgrounds run from $11 to $40 per night, while the new NID rates vary from $17 to $36.30. For more information, call NID at 273-6185.
To contact senior staff writer Dave Moller, e-mail email@example.com or call 477-4237.
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