Sunday, June 7, 2009

Tahoe beach fees

BEACH AND CAMPGROUND FEE INCREASES FUND SERVICE IMPROVEMENTS South Lake Tahoe, Calif. -- Higher fees at beaches and campgrounds operated by California Land Management on National Forest System lands will cover the costs of improved services this summer. At Pope, Baldwin, Nevada and Meek's Bay beaches, the electronic fee stations are now gone. Entrance kiosk attendants will now be available from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., most of the summer to collect fees, make change and provide information assistance. The attendants will also screen canoes and kayaks for Quagga mussels and other invasives, to prevent the introduction of these damaging species to Lake Tahoe. Day-use fees will increase $2.00, to $7.00 per vehicle to cover the cost of these services and increasing costs for trash removal and other beach maintenance. These fees also contribute to the construction of the new handicapped accessible restrooms at Pope and Baldwin beaches. This is the first fee increase in ten years. Season passes to the beaches are $70 and are good for the Fourth of July weekend. Day-use fees for the Fourth of July at Pope, Baldwin and Nevada beaches will again be $20 this year, to cover increased security and facility maintenance costs on the holiday. Camping fees have increased $3 at Nevada Beach (now $28, $32 for premium sites), Fallen Leaf (now $28), Meeks Bay (now $23) and William Kent (now $23) campgrounds. Campers will no longer have to pay the previous $9 reservation fee, and the nightly fees are still among the lowest in the Lake Tahoe Basin. CLM is implementing a new computer reservation and registration system at these sites, which will allow faster check-in and permit campers to select the site they want before they arrive. For more information, contact Bob Becker at (530) 543-2600.

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