Proposal would increase Mark Twain campground fees

Recreation managers at Mark Twain National Forest are seeking the public's comments on a proposal to change the recreation fees at the forest.

The proposed adjustments will ensure the fees remain comparable to similar public and private campground facilities in the area and will provide consistency across the forest, according to project information on the U.S. Forest Service website. Fees will be utilized to maintain and improve the sites for public use.

In Callaway County, Pine Ridge Campground, which is now free, would institute a $15 fee under the proposal.

Along with campground fee changes, the proposal includes 11 new fees across the forest, as well as fee changes at 22 campgrounds, day-use sites and group camping or day-use areas. The Forest Service is also proposing to increase the Forest Annual Pass, which gives visitors unlimited access to developed day use fee sites, from $20-$40.

"We have completed several significant projects at these sites in recent years, but the needs just keep growing," said Chris Woods, Mark Twain National Forest Recreation Program manager. "These fee changes will help us provide quality recreation facilities to meet the growing demand."

The public is invited to comment on the proposed fee changes at All comments received by Nov. 1 will be considered.