Corps Updates Shutdown Schedule at Hartwell, Other Lakes

October 4, 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is announcing more plans about its Savannah River Basin recreation areas as the government shutdown continues.

According to the Corps, it will close Corps-operated parks that normally remain open this time of the year at Lake Hartwell on October 20.

That includes Springfield, Watsadler, and TwinLakes campgrounds.

The Corps said those campgrounds will remain open until 2 p.m. on October 20.

Also, Corps officials say that all day-use areas and boat ramps that are normally open this time of year will remain open until October 20.

All other campgrounds are already closed in accordance with the Corps’ normal seasonal closure schedule.

In addition, the Hartwell Visitors Center remains closed during the government shutdown.

Moving to the other Corps dams and lakes on the Savannah River Basin, the Russell Visitors Center is also closed during the shutdown, while the Corps says the Thurmond Visitors Center will remain open until October 20.

Corps officials said that at Lake Russell, no recreation areas will be impacted due to the shutdown because those areas are operated by state and local governments.

At Lake Thurmond, the Petersburs, Leroy’s Ferry, and Bussey Point campgrounds will remain open until 2 p.m. on October 20, as will all day-use areas and boat ramps normally open at Thurmond this time of year.

For more information about Corps-operated recreation areas at Hartwell and Thurmond lakes, contact the Hartwell Office at 888-893-0678 or the Thurmond Office at 800-533-3478.

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