Tight Budgets Force Corps of Engineers to Shut Down Three Sites at Region 8 Lakes

February 10, 2004 - Posted at 7:30 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Tight budgets at the Little Rock District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have forced the agency to take actions affecting 65 parks in Arkansas this year, including three sites on popular lakes in Region 8.  And, projections for future years indicate the actions may be permanent.

Corps officials will close 20 parks.  Seven will be totally closed with all access restricted, and 13 will be closed with the launching ramps remaining open.  The district will reduce the length of the visitor season in several other parks and amend reservation services to concentrate funds on higher priority work.

Region 8 parks affected include:

Norfork Lake - Georges Cove, and Woods Point will close, though the ramps and marinas will remain open.

Greers Ferry Lake - Selected parks will have reduced visitor seasons.