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Camping Fees to Increase at Oconee Co. Parks

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Camping in Oconee County is getting more expensive.

County Council voted Tuesday to introduce a new reservation system for campsites at county parks. The Reserve America software package will go into effect in January.

It allows parks to accept credit and debit cards and build a database of users that includes where they live to help marketing. Reservations can be made online, through a 24-hour call center, or on site at the park. However, users will be required to reserve campsites for a minimum of three nights.

When the system goes into effect, rates for campsites will also increase. People living in Oconee County will now pay $20 per night, instead of $15. Non-residents will also pay $5 more.

The new reservation system is based on one used by South Carolina's state park system. However, some argue it hasn't worked on the state-level. They also believe increasing the costs for reserving campsites will drive campers away, not attract more.

Read more about the changes taking place at Oconee County parks in the Anderson Independent Mail.

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