Many Lake Mead fees will double next year

KINGMAN - It is going to cost you more next year if you want to recreate at the Lake Mead National Recreational Area - in many cases, twice as much more.

The areas include Lake Mead and Lake Mohave.

In a news release, the National Park Service said that entrance fees, vehicle and vessel fees, and camping fees will all increase.

The LMNRA has been designated as a Group 2 park.

Fees that will increase include the daily vehicle fee from the current $10 per day to $20 per day.

Vessel fees will stay the same at $16 per day.

Daily individual fees will go from $5 per day to $10 per day.

Annual vehicle passes that were $30 per year will increase to $40 per year. Annual vehicle passes will change from window decals to cards, so visitors won't have to purchase a decal for each vehicle.

Camping fees will increase from $10 per night to $20 per night.

The NPS said they sought public comment in February about the fee increase and fewer than 1 percent of those contacted opposed raising the fees.

Park officials state that 80 percent of the fee revenues that are collected will fund park projects that benefit visitors.

Since 2000, fees collected have been used to build launch ramp extensions, construct Princess Cove Road at Lake Mohave, construct park visitor entrance and visitor information stations, and for navigation buoys and lights.

NPS estimates that it will cost an estimated $2 million to $3 million over the next couple of years to extend launch ramps, relocate portable restrooms and grade beaches and dirt roads necessary for lake access.