Versailles State Park
(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Enjoying Indiana's state parks – such as Versailles State Park – and reservoirs will soon cost you more money.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says it's increasing annual entrance fees to $40 next year for Indiana residents, up from $36. There will be other fee increases, including camping and cabin rates, and swimming pool rates.
Camping rates will increase by $1-$4 depending on the type of facilities, but weekday campers will still get a better rate. Swimming pool fees will increase from $2 per person per day to $3.
“Our goal, as always, is to provide the best state parks and facilities we can for our visitors,” DNR director Rob Carter said. “We’ve made minor fee adjustments in the past to keep pace with the costs of meeting that goal. It’s now time to make a few additional changes, while also keeping in mind family budgets and the economic challenges Hoosiers are facing.”
Rates for out-of-state visitors will increase, too. An annual out-of-state entrance permit will shoot up from $46 to $60.
Not all prices are increasing. The daily entrance rate of $5 will remain the same.
“Modest, periodic adjustments in fees help us maintain services,” said Dan Bortner, director of the DNR Division of State Parks & Reservoirs. “This approach was championed by Col. Richard Lieber, the founder of our state park system, from its very beginning in 1916. It is a philosophy that we still believe in today.