ST. GEORGE – The Bureau of Land Management-Utah St. George Field Office is seeking public comment on a draft business plan for the Baker Dam Recreation Area – a recreation fee site located on BLM-managed public lands in Washington County, Utah.
The draft business plan proposes to increase recreation fees to help cover operational costs, which have risen substantially since 1997 when fees were last raised.
Under the proposal, the fee for day use would increase from $2 per car to $5 per car; and the overnight camping fee would increase from $6 per night to $12 per night. Even with the proposed increases, use fees for the Baker Dam Recreation Area would remain below the fees charged by other federal and state recreation facilities in the region with similar amenities.
The draft business plan also includes information on how collected fees have been used in the past and how future revenues would be used to operate, maintain, and upgrade recreation area facilities. Before the draft plan can be finalized and implemented, the BLM-Utah Resource Advisory Council must review and approve proposed changes.
The recreation area was developed in the 1980s to take advantage of the fishing, swimming, and boating opportunities afforded by the nearby Baker Dam Reservoir, located 25 miles north of St. George. This area, which receives approximately 2,500 visitors annually, offers a wide variety of amenities including a developed campground, day use area, and a hiking trail.
The draft business plan is available for review online. Hard copies can also be reviewed at the BLM-Utah St. George Field Office, located at 345 E. Riverside Drive in St. George.
Written comments will be accepted through Jan. 23. Please note that the most useful comments are those that contain new technical or scientific information relevant to the proposed action. Comments should be as specific as possible. Comments which contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response but may be considered in the BLM decision-making process. Please reference “Baker Dam Recreation Area” when submitting comments.
Written comments may be mailed or emailed. Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifiable information in any comments, be aware that the entire comment—including personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time.
Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public review can be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.
- Draft business plan is available for review online
- St. George Field Office for comments | Email | Fax 435-896-1550 | Mail or in person to 345 East Riverside Drive, St. George, Utah 84790
- For more information contact Kyle Voyles | 435-688-3274
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