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RV Camping at J. Strom Thurmond Lake Georgia

RV Camping at Thurmond Lake Georgia

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has signed a cooperative agreement with Outdoor Recreation and Outreach Inc. (OT&R) for the daily operations of five campgrounds at Thurmond Lake in Georgia.

The Georgia non-profit organization, which provides operations and maintenance for public parks and recreational facilities, will take over operation of Modoc, Petersburg, Raysville, Ridge Road, and Winfield campgrounds on Oct. 1,

“Our park visitors will see very little difference in the way our parks are operated,” said Scott Hyatt, the corps project operations manager. “Instead of camping revenues going to the U.S. Treasury, this new agreement will allow fees collected at a campground to be re-invested in that particular campground.”

Fees will be used for maintenance and upkeep, as well as enhancement projects at the campgrounds.
“This is a significant change that will help us keep the campgrounds in great shape and provide a source of funding for future improvements,” Hyatt said.

The corps will continue to provide visitor assistance, perform maintenance, and oversee all operations in these parks.
While other Corps projects in the country use cooperative agreements to operate parks, this is the first of its kind for the Corps’ Savannah District, which oversees three dam and lake projects on the Savannah River: Hartwell, Richard B. Russell and Thurmond.

“Declining federal recreation budgets in recent years require an innovative approach to operating our nation’s parks,” Hyatt said. “By collaborating with partners like OR&O, we can keep parks open and continue to offer quality recreation to millions of visitors every year.”

Thurmond Lake is one of the nation’s largest and most popular public recreation areas with 151,000 acres of land and water. Each year, an estimated 5.5 million people use the many public parks, marinas, and campgrounds conveniently located around the lake, making Thurmond one of the 10 most-visited Corps lakes in the nation.

Story Source The Augusta Chronicle

 

West Virginia LogoA number of campgrounds, visitor centers, trails and offices on federally managed land across West Virginia remain closed due to damage from recent storms.

In Greenbrier County, the Lake Sherwood Recreation Area, home of the largest lake and biggest and busiest campground in the Monongahela National Forest, is closed until further notice because of damage from overturned trees and windblown branches.

Several other developed campgrounds in the Monongahela still lack power and water as a result of the storm, but have reopened to accommodate primitive camping, according to the forest’s website.

In the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, the Trout Pond Recreation Area near Wardensville in Hampshire County remains closed indefinitely due to storm damage. The area contains Rock Cliff Lake, a popular trout-fishing water with a swimming beach, and Trout Pond, West Virginia’s only natural lake, as well as 64 campsites.

In the National Park Service’s New River Gorge National River, the park’s headquarters building in Glen Jean remained closed on Monday due to a lack of power. “We hope to have power restored in the next couple of weeks,” said park spokeswoman Robin Snyder.

Power was restored to the Canyon Rim, Thurmond and Grandview visitor centers on Monday, and all were expected to reopen today, Snyder said.

“Park crews continue to work clearing trees on roads, campgrounds and trails,” she said.

The only other areas of the park that remain closed due to storm damage are the Turkey Spur Overlook in the Grandview Unit, and the Rend Trail linking Thurmond to Minden. Downed trees may be encountered on park trails that remain open.

Several popular campgrounds located on recreation areas managed by the Huntington District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also remain closed due to power outages and storm damage.

At Summersville Lake in Nicholas County, the 117-site Battle Run Campground, with two bathhouses and a laundry facilities, remained closed on Monday, although Corps officials were hopeful the campground would reopen sometime today.

In Braxton County, Burnsville Lake’s Bulltown Campground was open, but the 60-site Riffle Run Campground remained closed, while at Sutton Lake, Bakers Run and Gerald R. Freeman campgrounds, with a total of nearly 240 campsites, remained closed, while the Bee Run Campground was open.

All Corps of Engineers’ campgrounds at Wayne County’s East Lynn Lake had reopened by Monday afternoon, according to Huntington District spokesman Chuch Minsker.

A proposed closing of COE campgrounds and campsites is a sign of tough economic times.

Almost all federal agencies have taken a hit and that includes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Little Rock Arkansas District of the Corps operates 178 public parks and access areas — and a number of the sites in those parks, will be closing this year.

It’s part of tightening the belt on the federal level.

The Little Rock District of the U-S Army Corps of engineers announced 29 parks will face some sort of a reduction and that includes closing 248 camping sites out of the 1,227 sites available at Greers Ferry Lake.

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