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Old 05-11-2012, 06:26 AM   #1
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"Non-resident? Go Away!!!" Proposed new Michigan State Park tag line

Wow are Michigan state park user fees every unfriendly towards traveling Class As towing toads!!! We had read on forums to expect an $8 PER DAY user fee on top of the $21-30 camping fee but to charge another $6 PER DAY for a toad was a bit much.

We are travelling up the Michigan coast staying at a different state park each night and had read about the $8 per day park access fee charges on top of the camping fee, which is not all that clear on their web site, but were absolutely shocked when they charged us another fee for the toad. A fifth wheel with a trailer, one fee.... an RV with a toad 2 fees..... tell me how that makes sense.... and we never caught that on their website or in the forums. I'm even struggling with the fee not being a once per stay fee as opposed to daily(this is the way it was in Indiana). We paid $58 for what a resident would have paid $20 for.

Tourism friendly state??? NOT!!!
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Old 05-11-2012, 07:05 AM   #2
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Hmmm..! Interesting, to say the least. Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 05-11-2012, 07:09 AM   #3
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Guess I should have mentioned that there is a non-resident annual pass, which we did purchase for $29 (versus the $10 resident fee). The issue is needing a second annual pass for a toad....
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Old 05-11-2012, 07:34 AM   #4
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If you Purchase the non resident pass it should cover your toad as well. Our resident pass now comes with your Vehicle registration and all is included except camp site.
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Old 05-11-2012, 07:37 AM   #5
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Shoot I take that back because your RV would be the covered vehicle so you would probably still have to pay for your toad..
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Old 05-11-2012, 07:50 AM   #6
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A fifth wheel with a trailer, one fee.... an RV with a toad 2 fees..... tell me how that makes sense....
A fifth wheel with a trailer is ONE vehicle.
A RV with a toad is TWO vehicles.

I'm not saying I agree with is, but I do understand it.

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Old 05-11-2012, 07:56 AM   #7
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Come to Wisconsin. Toads are free
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Old 05-11-2012, 07:58 AM   #8
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Welcome to michigan! We have pay for all that advertising some how so why not double dip the tourist. But in all seriousness what every is hooked to vehicle should be covered.
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Old 05-11-2012, 08:15 AM   #9
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They do the same thing in Kansas. We have a corp of engineer lake not 5 miles from town. You pay a fee for each vehicle you bring into the state park and another fee to camp. The good thing is if you drive a little further there is a federal campground and it's around $16 per night and half that with the old age pass.
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:42 AM   #10
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What makes me mad is there is even such a thing as non resident ANYTHING.
fishing hunting snowmobile trail pass camping. Its bs
why not charge a non resident fuel food motel and shopping while there at it!
Gotta love state government!
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