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Glacier NP Seeks Input on Changes to Campground Fees

By February 11, 2013

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Glacier National Park proposed an increase to the fees at Many Glacier Campground and a reservation system for some campsites. The changes will provide an opportunity for visitors to plan their trip to Many Glacier with knowledge of a secured campsite. Public comments are encouraged.

The proposed changes will increase the nightly camping fee from $20 to $23 per campsite, and allow for site-specific reservations at approximately half of the campsites, while the other half of the campground would remain first-come, first-served. The increase in fees would off-set the service charge of the reservation service provider and would be applied to the entire campground. It is proposed that the new fees and opportunity to reserve a campsite would begin next summer, June 2014.

Currently, the Many Glacier Campground is managed as a completely first-come first-served campground. The campground is popular, filling every day in the summer by mid-to-late morning. There are 110 campsites and 13 sites can accommodate RVs 35-feet in length. All campsites are first-come, first-serve.

Two campgrounds at Glacier National Park, St. Mary and Fish Creek Campgrounds, have reservations available with a nightly fee of $23.

Public comments on this proposal should be submitted by March 6, 2013. Comments may be submitted online or mail to Glacier National Park, Attention: Many Glacier Campground Fee Rate Increase, PO Box 128, West Glacier, MT 59936.

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February 11, 2013 at 6:27 pm
(1) Helen says:

We have been camping in everything from a tent to trailer,motorhome,5th wheel,overhead on a pickup,popup and just in a van,for 48 years. The only time we have ever had any trouble getting a campsite has been in the nat.park and nat.forest campgrounds with reservations. We go in and all the sites are reserved starting in a day or 2 and we want to stay for more than 1 night, so we can’t take a site because we would have to move the next day. We never use reservations because we can’t be sure when we will get to a certain area,since we don’t go on a strict plan. First come-first served has always been best for us when it comes to campsites. We avoid the ones with reservations now and it works okay for us and a lot of other people too. If everyone keeps raising the campfees we may not be camping as much as we want because we can’t afford it.Higher fees only hurts the campers and cuts down on the number of people that can afford to camp. They will go for less time,and you loose money in the long run.

February 14, 2013 at 10:22 pm
(2) Mark says:

I totally support the proposed changes to a totally inefficient system.

A small increase in the fees seems a worthwhile trade off to be able to count on having a camp site for those willing to plan ahead.

We just stayed at Many Glacier last August and it would have been nice nice to have some certainty about our accommodations especially when traveling with children and from a long distance.

Instead we needed to stay in a hotel the night before to insure we got there early enough to get a spot. The kids were tired all day. The propsal is modest enough….allow reservations for half the sites.

The majority of the sites I the park ate sill first come first serve.

I honestly can’t understand why there is even a debate.

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