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Stanislaus River Parks prepare for government shutdown

POSTED April 8, 2011 9:18 p.m.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District is preparing for the closure of Stanislaus River Parks near Oakdale as well as all other Corps-operated campgrounds and day-use parks in California, if the potential shutdown of the federal government goes into effect today.

Corps parks leased to partner agencies and concessionaires will remain open, but cannot be supported by the Corps while the shutdown is in place.

Beginning today and continuing through the end of the shutdown, if it goes into effect, no new visitors will be allowed into, or reservations accepted for, Corps recreation facilities. Campers who are on site prior to the shutdown will be required to vacate campgrounds not later than 8 p.m. Sunday.

In the event of a shutdown, customers may cancel their reservations for a full refund. Customers required to vacate campsites early will receive a partial refund for any unused portion of their reservations. As an alternative, customers may elect to leave reservations open for possible use after the shutdown is lifted. Customers may request a partial refund for any unused portion of their reservation due to the shutdown. To request a refund please contact the reservation customer service at 877-444-6777. If the customer chooses to do nothing, the reservation service will automatically cancel reservations after their departure date during the shutdown period.

“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers understands the impact that these actions might have on the American recreating public if we are required to close our recreation areas,” said Michael G. Ensch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers headquarters chief of operations. “We know that this is a time of year when many vacationing families are using or planning to use Corps recreation facilities, and we will reopen them for public use and enjoyment as quickly as possible.”

Corps parks will reopen when the federal government shutdown ends.

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