A campground in the Bighorn National Forest. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. – Natrona County Parks and Recreation announced the county will collect a 7% lodging tax on overnight camping plus a 5% sales tax on overnight camping, shelters and dock rentals to to comply with state law. (39-15-101 and 39-15-201)

At a working session in February, Eric Nelson said the language of the bylaws was broad enough to designate camping as a “taxable” event. This includes 4% state sales tax, 1% local tax, currently applicable local lodging tax (4%), and the 5% scale portion of lodging tax. of the State reserved for local administrations (2%).

According to assistant parks manager Michael Brown, the cost per night for first-come, first-served sites will round up from a base rate of $10 to a total of $12. These include campsites at Pathfinder Reservoir and much of Alcova. Black Beach, usually a booking site, will also be first come, first served this year only, due to construction impacts on Kortes Road.

Okie Beach, all of Casper Mountain and other campsites that are currently under the online reservation system will drop to $16.80 for the first night (subsequent nights are $10 each). This includes a one-time reservation fee of $5.00 (regardless of the number of nights booked consecutively), to cover operational costs associated with using the third-party online reservation system, Brown said. It also includes a 3% credit card processing fee and a “minimum credit card fee” of 30 cents.

Full hookup sites at Alcova cost $35 for the first night, plus $5 operating fee and 12% total tax. Subsequent nights are charged $10 per night plus 12% state and local taxes.

Brown said these new rates are still competitive with rates at many state parks like the Boysen and Glendo Reservoirs. Brown said Boysen’s fee is $18.25 for one night, including a $10 base fee, $5 per day usage fee, 7.35% sales tax and accommodation and a $4 non-refundable fee.