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Government shutdown closes campgrounds

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Aside from the many impacts to federal employees and programs, the government shutdown also impacted campers.  
    
State and private campgrounds and parks are not impacted by the shutdown.

Paula Warren had taken off work to go camping at Lake Wright Patman, but now those plans are on hold.

"It's disappointing I had planned on it a couple of months," said Warren.

Nearly 400 campsites at Lake Wright Patman are closed off with locked gates and signs posted that read, "Park temporarily closed due to government shutdown."

The Army Corps of Engineers staff have also been sent home and will not be paid.

However, just South of Lake Wright patman, Cass County Park and Campground is open for business.  

Office Manager Carol Deese says they had several campers relocate to their park.
 
Camper Gene Mouldin says she wanted to stay at Wright Patman because of their handicap facilies, but is thankful a campground nearby was open.

She had reserved a spot at Clear Springs Park at Wright Patman for 45 days.

"They gave me a refund and it's already been redeposited to my checking account," said Mouldin.
 
Other areas owned by the Corps of Engineers in Arkansas are also closed, including the offices at De Queen, Gillham and Dierks lakes.

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