Great Smoky Mountains National Park gang leaders are breaking bad again by proposing a fee in for campgrounds, pavilions and anything they shakedown John Q. Public. User fees at Cades Creek and other front country campgrounds at Great Smoky Mountains National Park would increase under a new proposal. Three years ago, Great Smoky Mountains National Park didn't open some campgrounds and picnic areas due to funding short falls. Now, the park is proposing fee increases of up to 30 percent at all front country campgrounds and picnic pavilions to meet the rising costs of operations, reduce a backlog of maintenance requirements on park facilities, and initiate needed improvements.
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The Fishing Wire reports that just in time for Father’s Day Weekend, a special event is planned for Big Tumbling Creek located at the Clinch Mountain Fee Fishing Area for June 13, 15, 17, & 18. A special brook trout stocking to include more than 500 trophy sized trout stocked throughout the week, will test the skills of anglers of all ages. Two barrier-free trails are now open for limited mobility anglers. A daily permit ($8) is required of anglers; however, children 12 and under may fish without a permit as long as they are accompanied by a permitted adult and their combined creel does not exceed that of the adult (6 trout). Additional information may be found by contacting the DGIF Marion Regional Office (276-783-486