The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation will start accepting reservations for stays in state parks on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 8 a.m.
Campers interested in using the rolling 9-month reservation window also need to know about fee changes affecting overnight stays in the parks, which begin in 2013.
All overnight guests will be required to pay the $5 per day, per vehicle state park motor vehicle entrance fee (MVEF) in addition to camping, cabin and yurt rental fees for stays beginning in January 2013. Idahoans can avoid the fee by purchasing the new Idaho State Parks Passport.
Out-of-state visitors can avoid the fee by purchasing an MVEF annual sticker.
The Idaho State Parks Passport is a $10 annual sticker for Idahoans that will be available Monday, Oct. 1, at the time they register their recreational vehicles (RVs) or passenger vehicles, online, by mail-in renewal or at any county DMV office. The Idaho State Parks Passport is valid for either one or two years, and will expire concurrently with a vehicle registration.
Note: Those who have already purchased a vehicle registration for this year can purchase an Idaho State Parks Passport by visiting a county DMV office.
Bring the license plate number for the vehicle for which the pass will be used.
The current $40 Annual Motor Vehicle Entrance Fee (MVEF) Sticker for out-of-state visitors will still be available at all Idaho State Parks, online at www.parksandrecreation.idaho.gov, or by calling (800) 247-6332 after Oct. 1.