Table Rock will increase area use fees

Thursday, March 22, 2007

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is implementing a new area use fee system beginning April 1 at Table Rock Lake.

Under the new system, the Corps will collect a fee of $4 per vehicle per day for vehicles entering a Corps-operated public use area. Persons entering the areas on foot will be charged a fee of $1 per person per day.

The area use fee will be charged at Indian Point, Cape Fair, Aunt's Creek, Mill Creek, Baxter, Old Highway 86, Long Creek, Cricket Creek, Viola, Viney Creek, Campbell Point, Big M, Eagle Rock and Moonshine Beach public use areas.

The area use fees will not be charged to marina slip holders or marina customers as long as these customers are not utilizing areas of the park outside of the marina's lease area. Also, current annual pass holders and registered overnight campers will be exempt from paying the fee. Visitors to campsites will be required to pay the fee.

Those who are frequent visitors to Corps of Engineer-operated public use areas may wish to purchase an annual pass for $30, instead of paying a daily fee with each visit. The annual pass allows unlimited, nationwide use of all Corps use fee areas for a 12-month period from the date of purchase. The annual pass does not cover camping fees.

Annual passes can be purchased from public use areas during business hours. The pass can be purchased via telephone from the Table Rock Lake Project Office by calling 417-334-4101 during business hours. However, those who wish to use a Golden Age Passport, Golden Access Passport, America the Beautiful Senior Passport or any America the Beautiful Access Passport to purchase the annual pass must appear in person.

Both the area use fee and the $30 annual pass will be reduced by 50 percent for holders of Golden Age Passport, Golden Access Passport, America the Beautiful Senior Passport and the America the Beautiful Access Passport.

This new fee system is intended to help defray the cost of providing day-use and camping facilities, minimize delays entering parks, and also apply fees more fairly to all park users.

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