If you didn't buy an annual California state parks pass yet, prepare to shell out a bit more. The new price of $195 — a $70 leap — goes into effect today (Tuesday).
The California Department of Parks and Recreation hopes to generate $1 million to $1.5 million by raising the prices of state park passes, according to a statement.
The popular Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass that allows access to all 279 state parks for a year jumps from $125 to $195; the Golden Poppy Vehicle Day Use Pass good at selected parks for a year increases from $90 to $125, and the Boat Use Pass (Sticker) for a year, from $75 to $100. Click here for a list of prices for special and annual passes.
The agency estimates that 12 to 15 visits to state parks will be the break-even point. Also, the statement says day use and camping fees will not be increased; they'll remain at 2009 prices.