Fee increases proposed at Green Mtn. Reservoir in Summit Co
The Dillon Ranger District of the White River National Forest has proposed several changes to recreation fees at Green Mountain Reservoir, north of Silverthorne on Highway 6.
Green Mountain Reservoir receives about 34,000 visitors between May and October, with the greatest use in July and August. Funds resulting from the proposed fee increases would be used to offset increased operating expenses for recreation facilities.
The Forest Service has been exploring fee increases at Green Mountain for the past three years. The current fee structure, which has been in place since 1997, does not generate sufficient revenue to offset the increasing costs of operating and upgrading the facilities, according to the Forest Service. The new fee proposal was developed with the help of representatives of Heeney businesses, local recreation users and other organizations.
Dillon Ranger District proposes to charge $13 per campsite per night for camping, up from the current fee of $5 per vehicle. Two vehicles would be allowed to park in one camping spur. For groups with more than two vehicles, an additional $5 per vehicle per night would be charged. Under the proposal, individuals and families would still be able to purchase season passes. The $65 season pass would allow unlimited camping at any of the campgrounds all summer.