Visitors to North Dakota’s state parks will see an increase in fees over the next few months, due to legislation passed during this year's Legislative Assembly.

The daily vehicle pass, which allows users full access to the park system for one day, will increase from $5 to $7. This user fee hasn't seen an increase in 17 years. The new rate goes into effect Aug. 1.

The annual pass, which will increase from $25 to $35, allows users full access to all the state parks in North Dakota for one calendar year. The new rate will be reflected on the 2018 annual pass, which goes on sale Nov. 1.

Also on sale at that time are the senior and veterans annual passes, which will increase from $20 to $28. These passes are only available to North Dakota residents.

North Dakota veterans with a 50 percent or greater service-related disability and former prisoners of war are eligible for one free annual permit per calendar year.

One hundred percent of the entrance and camping fees are used to maintain and operate the North Dakota State Park System.

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