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Cartier Park to increase 2019 rates

September 18, 2018

Cartier Park Campground is raising its rates for the 2019 season.

“We’re trying to keep up with the water rate and electrical bill increase, so it’s just to make up for the increase in utility bills,” Campground Manager Russ Soper explained, adding, “Our seasonal rates are the cheapest in the county.”

The campground is open from May 1 to Oct. 15, and the rates will apply starting next May.

The rate for a full hook-up (water, sewer, electrical) season-long stay will increase by $170, the monthly rate will increase by $30, the weekly rate will increase by $12 and the nightly rates will rise by $1 or $2.

The Ludington City Council approved the price increase during its Sept. 10 meeting.

“Cartier Park has not had a rate increase in several years,” said Councilor Brandy Henderson. “We are proposing raising the seasonal rates for the 2019 camping season due to rising electrical costs.”

Councilor Dave Bourgette suggested the council also examine and discuss the rates every year.

“You can revisit it as often as you want,” Soper told the council. “It’s just you don’t want to start scaring everybody away when you start upping it every single year.”

Bourgette said he agreed with Soper, but he added: “It’s something I think we should still visit every year and see where you’re at compared to where the competition is at. Because you have a good product there.”

WHY THE RISE?

The amenities provided by Cartier Park are most comparable to locations like Mason County Campground and Buttersville Campground, Soper said. He said these comparable campgrounds have also been raising their rates in recent years.

See full story in Tuesday’s Ludington Daily News print or e-Edition

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