Fees for camping at state parks have been raised by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry for the first time in 14 years.

Aroostook State Park, Presque Isle
Photo credit: David Shaw

DACF spokesman John Bott says that the raises are "relatively modest" when compared to what other states have done with state park camping fees recently.

Bott says despite the increase, more people have registered for camping online than ever before.

Camping reservation fees, which themselves hadn't been raised in 26 years, now cost $5 instead of $2.

Bott says even with the fee hikes, the state still can't cover all the costs for programs and maintenance at the state parks.

Not all fees were raised, with the Maine State Park pass remaining at $70. Children under the age of five are still free.