Corps of Engineers Closing Lake Facilities Due to Shutdown

Corps of Engineers Closing Lake Facilities Due to Shutdown

Visitors to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operated lakes may soon find closed signs on facilities such as the Jerry L. Litton Visitors Center at Smithville Lake.
(SMITHVILLE, Mo.) Visitors to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operated lakes may soon find closed signs on facilities such as the Jerry L. Litton Visitors Center at Smithville Lake.

The Corps Kansas City District is closing campgrounds and day use parks at lakes it operates as part of the federal government shutdown.

Campgrounds and parks at Smithville Lake are operated by the Clay County Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites. That will allow campgrounds and most other attractions at the lake to stay open through the shutdown.

The visitor's center is operated by the Corps and will be shutdown no later than 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The USACE operates 18 lakes in the Kansas City area. Campgrounds, boat ramps and similar facilities at all those lakes will be closed.

Campers will receive a refund for any unused portion of their reservations and will be allowed to keep their reservations open.

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