Recreation site hours could be hurt by cuts

Some of Thurmond Lake's campgrounds and day-use recreation areas might close earlier, and possibly open later, as the Ar­my Corps of Engineers adapts to a leaner fiscal 2012 budget year.


Currently, several boat ramps are closed, but the reason is low water, not budget issues.

Some of the pending closures are in line with measures taken last year, said Chrissy Wester­berg, the project's chief ranger for recreation.

"The campgrounds at Mount Carmel and Broad River will close Labor Day, as they have the last few years," she said. "But all of the other campgrounds, with the exception of Petersburg, will close Sept. 30."

Similar cutbacks are occurring at many corps facilities, including Lake Lanier, where the corps has announced plans to open some areas later and close them earlier next year.