Visitors to the Harrison Lake State Park campground are now charged $2 a vehicle for a daily visitor pass—but only if they choose to drive into the campground.
“We’re trying to cut back on traffic going back into the campground,” explained Lesley Fruchey.
Many people drive through the campground just to look around and then leave again, she said, and that can detract from the experience of those camping.
The fee does not apply to campers, nor does it effect people fishing or swimming near the dam. Only those driving through the campground entrance will be required to pay.
Campground visitors can enter the park at the east entrance and walk to a campsite for free, and they can also park outside the campground entrance building and walk to a site. Due to parking availability, people are often forced to walk a distance to visit a campsite anyway, she said.
Fruchey noted that during special events, such as the Bullthistle Festival fireworks show and the car show, the fee will be waived.