The Savannah District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is announcing reductions in park operations and visitor services at Lake Hartwell this recreation season.
The Corps said significant projected budget reductions are the cause for the cut-backs.
According to Corps officials, the Stephens County Recreation Area is one of four that will operate as pack-in/pack-out areas this season.
Officials said that means there will be no restroom facilities or trash pick-up services at these locations, but other facilities like picnic sites and boat ramps will open for use this season.
Other areas designated as pack-in/pack-out are the Long Point, Mullins Ford, and Lawrence Bridge Recreation Areas.
In addition, the Poplar Springs and Friendship Day Use Areas will be partially closed during 2013. According to officials, that means boat ramps at these locations will remain open, but all day-use sections and loops will remain closed.
Meanwhile, the Corps said Milltown Campground will remain closed for the 2013 season.
The Corps also said it will maintain reductions in park seasons and service levels implemented last year.
Officials said reduction in service levels includes reducing frequency in cleaning, mowing, water safety outreach, trash collection, and some maintenance. According to officials, these actions will affect Corps-operated campgrounds and day-use areas that remain open.
The Corps encouraged displaced visitors to use other Corps-operated parks that remain open or areas operated by state and local governments or commercial concessionaires.
For the most current information on Hartwell Lake park seasons, call the Hartwell Dam and Lake Office toll-free at 888-893-0678 or visit the Savannah District website at http://www.sas.usace.army.mil/ then choose the “Recreation” icon.