FARGO - North Dakota state park fees for parking and passes will increase starting Tuesday, Aug. 1. Legislation was passed this year to increase the rate of the daily vehicle pass from $5 to $7. The daily vehicle pass gets users full access to the park for the day. The daily vehicle pass was last increased in the year 2000.

Legislation was also passed to increase the annual pass from $25 to $35. The annual pass gets users access to all of the state parks in North Dakota for a calendar year. The change will go into effect when the 2018 Annual Pass goes on sale Wednesday, Nov. 1.

The veterans annual pass and the senior annual pass will be increasing from $20 to $28. These changes will also go into effect Nov. 1, when the 2018 passes go on sale. The Veterans Annual Pass and Senior Annual Pass 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.

The fees are used to maintain and operate the park system.

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