State parks, Ga. Power facilities not affected
by Sarah Fay Campbell
Officials with Georgia's state parks and historic sites want to make sure everyone knows that they are not affected by the federal government shutdown.
Several campgrounds operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are closed, but state parks do not receive any federal funding.
“We’ve already had a number of campers check into our state parks because they had to leave Corps of Engineers campgrounds which had closed,” said State Parks Assistant Director Wally Woods. “We have plenty of cabins, yurts and campsites available this week.”
Georgia Power also operates several campgrounds on its lakes.
There are several state parks located on Corps of Engineers lakes, including the new Don Carter State Park on Lake Lanier, Red Top Mountain State Park on Lake Allatoona, Florence Marina State Park and George T. Bagby State Park and Lodge on Lake Walter F. George (Lake Eufaula), Mistletoe State Park on Clarks Hill Lake, Seminole State Park on Lake Seminole, and Tugaloo State Park on Lake Hartwell.
The only state park that is being affected by the shutdown is Stephen C. Foster State Park in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Though the park's campground and cabins are open, visitors won't be able to boat into the swamp or hike nature trails in the refuge.
For more information, visit www.GaStateParks.org or GeorgiaPowerLakes.com .