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Government shutdown affects local parks
Campers must vacate sites until shutdown lifted
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Lake Lanier’s campgrounds and day-use parks are closed beginning today because of the federal government shutdown.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the move this morning and, in a press release, stated that "recreation areas would not reopen until after the shutdown is lifted."

The corps "understands the impacts that these actions will have on the American recreating public if we are required to close our recreation areas," said Lisa Parker, corps spokeswoman with the Mobile District, which governs Lanier.

"We know that this is a time of year when many vacationing families are using or planning to use (corps) recreation facilities, and we will reopen them for public use and enjoyment as quickly as possible once the government shutdown is lifted."

Campers now on site must leave campgrounds no later than 3 p.m. Wednesdsay. These campers can leave their campsite reservations open for possible use after the shutdown is lifted. They will receive a refund for any unused portion of their reservations.

Customers set to arrive after today may cancel their reservations for a full refund. They can leave their reservations open for possible use after the shutdown is lifted and request a refund for any unused portion of their reservation.

To request a refund, please contact the reservation customer service at 1-888-448-1474. The reservation service will automatically cancel reservations after a customer’s scheduled departure date during the shutdown period if the park is closed and the customer chooses to do nothing.

This story will be updated throughout the day.

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