WASHINGTON (KSDK) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is preparing to close all USACE-operated campgrounds and parks nationwide if the federal government shuts down at 12:01 a.m. EDT Tuesday. The affected locations would only reopen when the government reopens.
"The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers understands and sincerely regrets the impacts that these actions will have on the American recreating public if we are required to close our recreation areas," said James R. Hannon, USACE Chief of Operations in Washington, D.C. "We know that this is a time of year when many vacationing families are using or planning to use USACE recreation facilities, and we will reopen them for public use and enjoyment as quickly as possible once the government shutdown is lifted."
The closest USACE-operated area to St. Louis is Carlyle Lake in Illinois. If the government shuts down, new visitors will not be allowed in, and reservations will not be accepted. Campers on-site if the shutdown goes into effect will have until 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 2 to leave. Their camp reservations can be left open to be used after the shutdown is lifted. If the reservation is not used, they can receive a refund.
Anyone who is scheduled to arrive at a USACE-operated campground or park during a shutdown can cancel their reservation for a full refund by calling the reservation customer service line at 1-888-448-1474.
Current information on the status of the campgrounds and parks are available through the USACE website.