State park entry fees increased |

State park entry fees increased

Fees at California’s state parks will increase Jan. 1 in response to the state’s budget crisis, with – at last count – a $34 billion deficit.

That includes western Nevada County’s three state parks. For example, it will cost $2 to visit the museum and visitor center at Empire Mine after the New Year, up from the current fee of $1.

But that’s still less than the $3 entrance fee three years ago, when California’s economy was booming and Gov. Gray Davis reduced park entrance fees.

“What we’ve done is increased (fees) back towards what they were … three years ago,” said Ray Patton, area state park superintendent. “They’re still lower than they were three years ago.”

At Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, the fee will be $4 per vehicle, up from $3. Three years ago, the per vehicle fee was $5. Cabins will still cost $20 per night. Three years ago, cabins cost $25. Camping stays at $10 per night.

At South Yuba River State Park, there will still no charge for day use. The park includes the Bridgeport covered bridge and the Highway 49 Yuba River crossing.

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