All the state parks are shut down and I am not going to a KOA.
Why does the park have to be open to use it? Isn't the park by definition owned by the people?
So along the same lines as with this shutdown, if you fish without a license because you could not buy a license? Do you get cited?
If your license plate is expired, and you cannot renew because they are shut down, do you get a ticket?
Do they only exist to tax you, and if so, who cares how long they stay shutdown?
I think the longer they are shut down the better, because people may see exactly how little they actually provide in "service".
State Parks provide the same invaluable service as libraries - they give to any person an experience commonly left to those with money. The money spent at the parks goes to, among other things, grounds upkeep, electricity and water, cleaning, trail improvements, and flora and fauna management.
I don't know about fishing licenses, but when you buy hunting tags/pay for a hunting license for a season, one of the things you're paying for is a very complex monitoring system that's been put in place to control the population of critters. For an example of what happens when you don't have something like this in place (and enforced), see Buffalo. Oh wait, you can't anymore, unless you're in Wyoming. Know what I mean?
These taxes aren't just there to suck money from people - they serve a purpose. And going back to topic, the state taxes that BMC pay to distribute in each state are an integral (if not absolutely enormous) part of that state's budget.