I do some camping in Utah state parks, Bear Lake to visit my sailboat. I hate the reservation fee, when I can even get a spot. To add insult to injury, when a spot opens up just for the day... I also have to pay a reservation fee, cash in hand, day of the transaction, spot is open, I am not reserving it I am paying my money and taking the camping spot. It is no longer a reservation fee it is an upcharge or added profit to the true cost of a campsite.As currently implemented, the reservation system is flawed. It seems kinda silly to be charged a "reservation fee" when you have to pay the site fee up front,
I remember the day when camping spots were plentiful and I was outraged I was expected to pay $5 for a campsite in "my" national forest.