Before heading out to the lake in your recreational vehicle this weekend, in the beautiful 70-degree fall weather, check to see whether the lake is open.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, said in a news release that the campgrounds and day-use parks in their system remain closed due to the federal government shutdown. Many Corps of Engineers employees are furloughed.
Affected recreation areas will remain closed until after the shutdown is lifted, the Corps of Engineers stated in a news release. This includes all the visitor facilities, campgrounds, boat ramps and similar facilities at all 18 of the Corps of Engineers lake projects.
Customers scheduled to arrive while the shutdown is in effect may cancel their reservations for a full refund, the Corps of Engineers stated. These customers may also elect to leave reservations open for possible use after the shutdown is lifted and request a refund for any unused portion of their reservation due to the shutdown. To request a refund please contact the reservation customer service at 1-888-448-1474 (TDD 1-877-833-6777). 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.
Some Corps of Engineers employees have been furloughed, according to the news release. Exempt personnel are those that are working on activities that have sufficient prior year funding and will not be furloughed until such funds are exhausted. Excepted employees are those who perform emergency work involving the safety of human life or the protection of property or other types of excepted work such as hydropower and flood control. They will not be furloughed. All other employees have been placed on furlough. Furloughed employees will return to work following the passing of an appropriations bill, according to the news release.
Some of the Kansas City District, Corps of Engineers, lakes include Clinton Lake, Hillsdale Lake, Kanopolis Lake, Melvern Lake, Milford Lake, Perry Lake, Pomona Lake, Tuttle Creek Lake and Wilson Lake in Kansas. The Missouri lakes include Blue Springs Lake, Harry S Truman Lake, Long Branch Lake, Longview Lake, Pomme de Terre Lake, Smithville Lake and Stockton Lake.