Park entrance fees could be going up this year at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park.
The National Park Service is proposing an increase to the daily entrance fee from $5 to $7 per person, the fourth increase in 30 years. An increase from $20 to $30 for the annual Lewis and Clark Pass is also being considered. The new fees would take effect in May.
The park is looking for input from community members, stakeholders, visitors and neighbors about the proposed increase and will accept public comments several different ways between Monday and Feb. 18. Feedback will determine how, or if, a fee increase would be implemented.
The revenue collected from entrance fees stays in the park, going toward projects and work that preserves natural and cultural resources, improves visitor facilities and provides for educational and recreational opportunities. The extra money collected through an increase would help fund new exhibits, increase accessibility of park facilities and go toward the upkeep of the park’s expanded trail system.
Past projects funded with entrance fees include the construction of the Kwis Kwis and South Slough Trails, summer camps, fort maintenance, local youth employment and community outreach.
Comments may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, filled out in person during normal visitor center hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) daily, sent via mail to Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Attn: Superintendent, 92343 Fort Clatsop Rd., Astoria, OR 97103 or submitted through the National Park Service’s Planning, Environment and Public Comment website, https://parkplanning.nps.gov/FeesAtLEWI