Oregon State Parks ‘Tourist tax’ Starts Next Year

Oregon State Parks ‘Tourist tax’ Starts Next Year

RVing tourists from outside the state will pay more next season to camp at Oregon state parks.

Senate Bill 794, passed the last session by the state legislature and signed by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown in June, imposes a 25% surcharge on non-residents who camp in RV sites at 56 campgrounds from the Oregon Coast to the Wallowa Mountains.

The fees apply to all recreational vehicles from pop-up trailers to luxury motorhomes. It does not apply to tent campsites, yurts or cabins.

Roughly 60% of state park campsites are designed for RVs, offering some combination of water, power and sewer hookups. They currently cost $24 to $40 per night, but beginning next year, they will cost $30 to $50 for non-residents.

Competition for RV sites, and campsites overall, has risen dramatically in Oregon over the past decade, particularly along the Coast.

The price rise does not affect campsites on federal lands, such as U.S. Forest Service campgrounds.

Oregon State Parks Facts:

  • The department was created as a branch of the Highway Department in 1921.
  • The 1989 Legislature created a separate Parks and Recreation Department, effective in 1990.
  • Visitors to Oregon state parks in 2016 contributed $1.1 billion to the state’s economy and supported 16,000 full- and part-time jobs.
  • Oregon’s state parks are among the most popular In the United States: their combined day-use and camping attendance of 54,421,472 visitors (2017-2018) consistently ranks the system among the 10 most visited in the nation.

Read the full story at statesmanjournal.com

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