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Folsom Lake users find higher fees for fun

By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
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EL DORADO HILLS CA, Some heading out to Folsom Lake following the 4th of July holiday were surprised to hear they had to pay more to enter the state recreation area. The fee increase took effect July 1 at the Folsom and Auburn State Recreation Areas. The changes include a $2 increase in boat launching fees, a $3 increase in camping fees and increases in day-use fees in selected areas, some as much as double. The day-use fee in the Old Salmon Falls parking area went from $5 to $10, for example. Lynette Hanson, of Sacramento, was with her family Thursday at Folsom Lake enjoying a family picnic lakeside. The additional cost for a family day of fun wasn?t a big deal to the group. ?It?s not that much of an increase really, so I don?t think it will stop us from coming out here,? she said. Day use fees at Brown?s Ravine, where Hanson entered a day use area, went up $2 from $10 to $12. The increases are part of a new 25-year Managing Partner Agreement between State Parks and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for the continued management of the Folsom and Auburn state recreation areas. Through the agreement, all fees collected at either area will be retained locally to offset the cost of operating and maintaining these two park units and to fund facility repairs and improvements, according to officials. Marc Daniels, 45, of Orangevale, boats at Folsom frequently using the Brown?s Ravine access. To park a vehicle and use the boat launch instead of paying $18 he now will pay $22 ? $12 for the vehicle and $10 for the boat. ?I guess it?s not that much of a big deal,? Daniels said. ?I get to take the family out on the lake for about 20 bucks for the day. If you think about it, that?s pretty cheap entertainment.? Annual passes are available. The Golden Poppy Annual Vehicle Day Use Pass is $125 and is good at nearly 100 other state park areas. If the annual passes are sold at Folsom or Auburn areas, the funds are retained locally to defray costs of operation, according to a press release. * * * CURRENT AND NEW PRICES FOLSOM Folsom Lake or Lake Natoma Power Boat Launch Fee (all locations), Current: $8 per boat launch, New: $10 per boat launch Day-use parking at Willow Creek, Powerhouse, Old Salmon Falls, Current: $5 per vehicle, New: $10 per vehicle Day-use parking at Rattlesnake Bar, Granite Bay, Beals Point, Folsom Point, Brown?s Ravine, Peninsula, Current: $10 per vehicle, New: $12 per vehicle Beals Point Campground (developed), Current: $30 (peak) per night or $25 (non-peak) per night, New: $33 (peak) per night, $28 (non-peak) per night Beals Point RV Campground (developed), Current: $55 (peak) per night, $45 (non-peak) per night, New: $58 (peak) per night, $48 (non-peak) per night Beals Point RV & Tent Campground Extra Vehicle Fee, Current: $10 per vehicle, New: $12 per vehicle AUBURN Boat Launching Upper Lake Clementine, Current: $8 per boat launch, New: $10 per boat launch Camping Lower Lake Clementine Boat-in Camping (primitive), Current: $35 per night, New: $38 per night Mineral Bar Campground (primitive) and Ruck-a-Chucky Campground (primitive), Current: $25 per night, New: $28 per night Yankee Jim?s Parking, Grizzly Bear Parking, Confluence, Long Point Trail Parking, Current: $0, New: $10 per vehicle