On a recent camping trip to the Kenai, I pulled into Johnson Lake State campground in Kasilof. I was totally surprised to discover that all the 20-plus campsites on the left-hand side had signs posted stating “camping only allowed by online reservations.” I’ve been camping at this campground since the 1980s. This is the first year of this new policy.
I phoned the Division of Parks and Recreation office located in Soldotna. I was informed that this is a new test program that could be implemented at all of the state-run campgrounds. The ranger stated that it appears to be doing well so far. However, on the day of my visit, I noticed that the entire left-hand side of the campground where the signs were posted was completely empty. The U.S. Forest Service has an online registration program; however, they don’t post signs making it a requirement to camp. I certainly do not understand the rationale for this new policy. Perhaps the Division of Parks and Recreation can provide us with the details.
— Roger G. Hebert
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