Corps to begin charging camping fee at Sun Dance Campground in May

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin charging a camping fee of $10 per night at Sun Dance Campground at Melvern Lake at the beginning of the 2017 recreation season. The campground had been the only free campground at Melvern Lake.

The fee will apply May 1 through Sept. 30, and is payable at the self-pay station at the entrance of the campground. Camping fees can be paid by check or cash. Campers are allowed to camp at the same location up to 14 consecutive days, after which campers must vacate the campground for a minimum of 24 hours prior to returning. The Corps reminded visitors that while the fee does not pertain to the winter months of Oct. 1-April 30, the camping time limit remains the same.

To avoid overcrowding sites, a maximum of two camping units is allowed per campsite (two tents, or one tent and one RV), and a maximum of two vehicles are allowed per campsite.

For more information, visit the Melvern Lake information center at the south end of Melvern Dam, or call 785-549-3318.

Information thanks to Jim Franz, natural resource manager, Melvern Project Office.

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