Idaho Power has begun a 3-year pilot program to provide discounted fees to service-disabled military veterans and seniors at the company’s parks.
Any service-related disability will qualify an individual to receive a 50% discount on overnight camping fees, whereas seniors (age 60 and over) will receive $2 off per night in the peak season, April 1 through Oct. 31, at any of our parks where overnight camping is allowed.
“We want to thank veterans and this is an opportunity to do that. Similarly we feel a senior discount further encourages families to visit our parks and enjoy what Idaho has to offer,” said Fred Noland, senior biologist for Idaho Power.
Day-use areas are free at all Idaho Power parks. The company charges overnight camping fees at its parks in Hells Canyon and at developed sites at C.J. Strike Reservoir.
“Our overnight fees are always at or below comparable facilities in the region and we take pride in keeping access to the outdoors at a reasonable cost to visitors. This program is one more way we can keep with our tradition of providing quality access to our state’s great natural resources,” Noland said.
To qualify, visitors will need a driver’s license or other official identification. Those taking advantage of the disabled veterans’ discount will also need an Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation Veteran’s document, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Veteran’s document, or a copy of their Veteran’s Administration document stating such disability.
The visitor can indicate on their fee envelope that they are paying the discounted fee through our Veterans Program or Senior Program by checking a box or writing it in. The fee collector may request proof of identification when they do their campsite inspection rounds.
The 14-day stay limit would still apply and the first-come-first-served policy will also remain in effect. More information about Idaho Power’s parks, including maps and park amenities, are available at www.idahopower.com/ourenvironment.
Photo by Pete Zimowsky/Idaho Statesman – Woodhead Park in Hells Canyon in summer.