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Wisconsin DNR to up camping, admission fees at most popular parks

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MILWAUKEE (AP/WLUK) -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is unveiling plans for a new pricing system for camping and daily admission at state parks.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that daily rates are going up at the most popular locations: Devil's Lake, Peninsula and Willow River. There will be camping fee increases at 38 properties at various times of the year, while 36 locations will see fee cuts.

Campsites with electrical connections would go up $5 at Devil's Lake, Peninsula, Kohler-Andrae, High Cliff, and Willow River.

State parks director Ben Bergey says the changes are estimated to generate an additional $1.1 million for the state parks annually. Some of the money would be used for improvements at the parks.

The plan comes after state lawmakers cut parks system funding and ordered the Department of Natural Resources to rely on fees and revenue.

The Natural Resources Board will review the plan on Jan. 24. The new pricing system is expected to take effect after Feb. 15.

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