Expect fees to increase for the use of state parks at the beginning of next month.

Earlier this year, legislation passed causing fees to increase on parking and passes for all North Dakota state parks. The price of a daily vehicle will go up from $5 to $7. Prices for annual passes will also increase from $25 to $35.

The increase for annual passes will not take place until the full calendar year is up from 2017. That does not happen until November 1st when 2018 annual passes go on sale.

Annual passes for veterans and seniors will also increase from $20 to $28. That increase will also not take effect until the full calendar year is up and the 2018 annual passes go on sale (November 1st). These annual passes are only sold to current North Dakota residents. Former prisoner of war, along with veterans who have a 50 percent or greater service-related disability are allowed one free annual permit per year.

The increase in fees will help to maintain the park system. Seeing as how we have some pretty scenic state parks, this doesn't necessarily seem too steep of a price to pay.