Some Thurmond Lake facilities might close earlier due to budget cuts

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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.

“These are mainly minor curtailments of part-year day-use areas and part-year camping areas,” said corps spokesman Billy Birdwell.

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

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

“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.”

In the past, about half the corps campgrounds remained open an additional month – usually through October.

Petersburg, located in Columbia County, is the largest and most-used campground. It is open year-round, although portions of the facility can be closed during slower months.

Day-use areas will close Labor day evening, as they did last year, but planning is already under way to open some of those sites later than usual in 2012, she said. Specific dates will be announced once the plan is final.

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.

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burninater 09/01/11 - 09:44 am
Close all the parks. The

Close all the parks. The state has no business subsidizing people's inability to afford lakefront property.

Unless we allow lakefront property-owning entrepreneurs to make money off of private boat ramps, we're just feeding the Socialist Obamastate.

justthefacts 09/01/11 - 10:12 am
Jeeze, can't we just borrow

Jeeze, can't we just borrow the money? We can pay it back when President Obama gets all this unemployment stuff worked out.

2 B just me1
2 B just me1 09/01/11 - 10:47 am

I THINK THIS SUCKS, the people that arrange vacays on long holiday weekends will have to pack up and go home early because they will lock the gates! I personally love camping as the weather turns to fall and the campgrounds are closed on Labor day running campers out and/or limited to one campground. Not that I camp in this area do to having waterfront lake house but I do feel for the families that are being pushed out. On my side of the creek I hate the low water levels and weeds that are growing. We pay for dock permits and can't use the dock but a few weeks a year. Again this all sucks..but that is another beef with the corp..
If they cannot afford to keep the grounds open, let it go private so the land can be used for what it was intended.

painfully honest
painfully honest 09/01/11 - 09:41 pm
Burninator, you cant possibly

Burninator, you cant possibly believe that making all of the boat ramps on the lake private facilities will benefit the users of the lake. I love that fact that the Government takes care of the lake and keeps greedy landowners from gauging the heck out of us. I think some of you guys complain about everything, just for the sake of complaining. Thank goodness most people here don't think the way you do.

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