Refuge Proposes Increased Fees

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is seeking public comment on possible fee increases in 2019.


Changes include an increase to Doris Campground primitive, RV, and group campsites; Fawn Creek group campsites; Boulder Cabin day use area; and Charon’s Garden Wilderness Area backcountry permits. Below is a table of the current fees, and the increases the refuge is proposing. The Charon's Garden per person user fee will be applicable to overnight camping permit holders.

 Description CurrentProposed 
Individual Sites
Tent Only$8.00$12.00
RV -- No Hook ups$10.00$14.00
RV -- Electricity Only$20.00$14.00
Group Sites
Fawn Creek$5.00 (reservation)$30.00 (day)
Doris Group (Electric)$40.00$40.00
Doris Group (Non-electric)$28.00$30.00
Boulder Cabin (Day Use)$5.00$30.00
Backcountry
SRP: Backcountry Camping Permit Fee
(Charon's Garden overnight camping permit)
$7.00$10.00
Charon's Garden (per person user fee)$0.00$5.00

 

The refuge is seeking public comment about the proposed fee schedule. Written comments can be mailed to Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, 32 Refuge Headquarters, Indiahoma, OK 73552, or sent via email to wmr_publiccomment@fws.gov with the subject “Fee Schedule.” In order to be considered, all comments must be received by 11:59 p.m., August 16, 2019. The new fees could be implemented in fall 2019. Following the public comment period, feedback will determine how, or if, fee increases would be implemented. If you have comments, questions or require more information, please contact the refuge at 580/429-2197.“Wichita Mountains is committed to keeping the refuge affordable while providing visitors with the best possible experience,” said Refuge Manager David Farmer. “Fees are used to improve infrastructure and the public facilities that visitors use most. The revenue from the fee increase will help us renovate aging infrastructure, provide new interpretive exhibits, and improve the campgrounds and trails that our visitors enjoy.”

All comments on the proposed increase are considered public records. Anonymous, oral, and social media comments will not be considered. The Service will take all submissions from individuals, organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, available for public inspection in their entirety. Individual respondents may request that their names and addresses are withheld from the public record. If you wish to withhold your name and/or address, you must state that request prominently at the beginning of your comment. The Service will honor such requests to the extent allowed by law. Please note that due to public disclose requirements, the Service, if requested, may have to make the names and addresses of those who submit written comments public.