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State Park Facts

 

State Parks are a close-to-home outdoor recreation resource.
In 2001 there were 735 million visitors to state parks.
Most Americans use state parks as a day-time resource.
91.2% of all state park visitors were day-time users.

Overnight users still constituted a significant part of the state park attendance at 67.5 million.

State parks represent less than 2% of the total outdoor recreation estate, but over 29% of all visitors at state and federal outdoor recreation areas.

Statistics for 2004

  • 5,842 state park areas comprising over 13 million acres
  • 5,875 trails over 43,000 miles total length
  • 208,849 campsites ranging from multiple hookups to primitive
  • 6,492 cabins and cottages
  • 124 lodges in 25 states with 6,865 rooms
  • 129 golf courses
  • 48 ski slopes
  • 309 marinas
  • 293 swimming pools
  • 99 stable operations
  • 408.6 million visitors to fee areas - 417.9 million to non-fee areas
  • 67.5 million campers
  • 2.4 million lodge guests
  • 3.8 million cabin guests
  • 18 million campsites rented
  • $345.7 million spent on capital improvements and land acquisition
  • Operating expenditures totaling $1.8 billion - less than 50% from the general fund of states
  • $690.9 million expended for capital expenditures
  • Average share of the state budget .24% (1/4 of 1%)
  • 20,603 full-time state park personnel and 53,898 total personnel (including part-times and seasonal)
    • 1 full-time person per 622 acres
    • 1 full-time person per 35,840 visitors
  • Average starting salary - $21,461
  • Average starting ranger salary - $24,611
 
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