My wife, sister and I visited Cama Beach Cafe for lunch Wednesday August 21st. Unfortunately, I was unaware of the $10 park fee. I explained to the lady at the gate that we were only interested in lunch and not planning on using or visiting other park facilities. Although she was very nice, I still had to pay the $10 fee.
I’m hope this fee will be waived in the future for those only interested in dining at the cafe.
Hi Larry – thank you so much for your note, and your nice compliment.
I get you, totally! It’s a bummer (don’t get me started on the ways we are nickled and dimed in this society!) Unfortunately the state park offices in Olympia are unbending. We are doing our best to keep our food prices low to help defray the cost of the parking. A lot of our customers bought the yearly pass, which at $30 allows you to visit all the state parks in Washington. If it makes you feel any better, I understand that most states are now charging state park fees, so I guess we should feel lucky that we’ve had ours “free” for this long.
Again, thank you for paying the fee and trying us out. Occasionally I hear of people who turn around at the gate, and it makes me sad. I have it posted on the website that the pass is necessary and in our advertisements, but people don’t always see it. Take good care.