• Fed shutdown closes campground, parks at Lake Lanier

    By: Tom Regan

    Updated:

    HALL COUNTY, Ga. - The partial federal government shutdown is having an impact on fall recreational activities at Lake Lanier. The  U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers this week closed Sawnee Park Campground to visitors. Other campsites were already closed for the season.

    In addition, all boat ramps, recreational facilities and day parks operated by the USACE on Lake Lanier are shutdown.

    "We know that this is a time of the year when many vacationing families are using or planning to use USACE recreation facilities, and we will reopen them for public use and enjoyment as quickly as possible once the government shutdown is lifted," According to an USACE email to Channel 2 Action News.

    Despite the shutdown, there are other privately operated lake front camp grounds that remain open. One of them is Shoal Creek on Buford Dam Road. The campground is leased to Lake Lanier Islands Resort, which privately operates the camp ground. The manager of operations told Channel 2's Tom Regan he's seen a spike in reservations.

    "My staff has let me know if the last day or two our phone calls picked up and we should have pretty good weekend as well as the next couple of weekends," said Operations Manager Bucky Perry. 

    An USACE spokesperson said county-run recreation and boating facilities, and ramps are open for use. In addition,  state park lakes and facilities are no affected by the federal government shutdown.

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