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Associated Press, Published December 13 2012

Voyageurs holds public forum on campsite fee plan

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — Voyageurs National Park officials will hold a public meeting in the Twin Cities this weekend to discuss their proposal to launch a campsite reservation system and start charging fees for overnight stays.

The forum is set for 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Maple Grove Parks and Recreation Community Center.

The only access to campsites at Voyageurs is by boat, and they're first-come, first-served. Park officials hope the certainty of a reservation system will bring in new users who won't currently consider camping there.

Voyageurs officials plan a similar meeting in Duluth, but have not yet set a date.

Park officials also have created a phone number (218-283-6708) for the public to call and express their concerns or support for reservations and campsite fees.

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Online:

Voyageurs National Park: http://www.nps.gov/voya/index.htm

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.