Friday, Aug. 1, is the deadline for public comment on the extension of the day-use fee system by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to include 24 additional locations, including Wallowa Lake State Park.

Other parks that would be affected include Clyde Holliday State Park west of John Day; Emmigrant Springs State Heritage Area; Hat Rock State Park east of Umatilla; Beverly Beach State Park, South Beach and Bullards Beach State Park, all on the Oregon Coast; and many others.

Day use fees are already required at 26 of the 173 Oregon state parks that have day use areas.

If the fee is instituted as proposed, there would be a $3 per day (or $25 per 12 months) fee to use the day use area of Wallowa Lake State Park starting in October. Parking at the marina, for example, would require payment of the fee, though just driving through would not. The year long passes would be good throughout the state.

The expansion to the day use system will be considered by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission at a meeting scheduled Sept. 24 in Enterprise.

Public comments should be postmarked by Aug. 1 and sent to OPRD, 1115 Commercial St. NE, Salem OR 97301-1002, Attn. Colleen Rogers, or comment on-line at www.oregonstateparks.org/feedback.php.

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