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Shutdown prompts closures at Corps-operated campgrounds and day-use parks

Published Oct. 1, 2013
A family enjoying the view of Lewis and Clark Lake, Gavins Point Project, from the Lewis and Clark Visitor Center

A family enjoying the view of Lewis and Clark Lake, Gavins Point Project, from the Lewis and Clark Visitor Center

OMAHA, Neb. - Corps-operated campgrounds and day-use parks are impacted nationwide beginning today. Affected recreation areas will not reopen until after the shutdown is lifted.

Within the Omaha District, which encompasses Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming, Corps-operated campgrounds and day-use parks will be closed.

Corps parks leased to partner agencies and concessionaires will remain open, but cannot be supported by the Corps while the shutdown is in place. Several parks in, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Nebraska and Colorado are leased to partner agencies. The public is encouraged to ensure their campground is not impacted before arriving.

Information regarding closures and affected areas will be posted at Corps-operated campgrounds and day use areas. Maintenance and operations services, such as cleaning restrooms and vault toilets as well as trash removal, may be curtailed at several locations.

Beginning today and continuing through the end of the shutdown, no new visitors will be allowed into, or reservations accepted for, Corps recreation facilities. Campers who are on site prior to the shutdown going into effect will be required to vacate campgrounds not later than 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2.

Customers may cancel their reservations for a full refund. Customers required to vacate campsites early will receive a partial refund for any unused portion of their reservations. As an alternative, customers may elect to leave reservations open for possible use after the shutdown is lifted. Customers may request a partial refund for any unused portion of their reservation due to the shutdown. To request a refund please contact the reservation customer service at 1-888-448-1474 (TDD 1-877-833-6777). If the customer chooses to do nothing, the reservation service will automatically cancel reservations after their departure date during the shutdown period.

The Omaha District will assess reopening the campgrounds depending on when the shutdown is lifted.


Contact
Omaha District Public Affairs
402-995-2417
dll-cenwo-pao@usace.army.mil

Release no. 20131001-001