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USACE preparing for possible nationwide closure of Corps-operated campgrounds and day-use parks

Published April 9, 2011
MOBILE, Ala– Due to the Federal budget related government shutdown, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, will close Corps recreational areas effective 12:01 a.m. on April 9 until further notice.

Corps operated parks and day use areas will be closed to new visitors and users.  Registered campers already onsite will have until normal checkout time, 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 10 to vacate parks.  Areas that cannot be gated will be posted closed. 

The following campgrounds and day use areas at Black Warrior and Tombigbee Lakes will be closed.


·         Arcola Park

·         Backbone Creek Park

·         Bashi Creek Park

·         Belmont Park

·         Blue Creek Park

·         Burchfield Branch Park and Campground

·         Damsite Lower Pool – Selden Park

·         Deerlick Creek Park and Campground

·         Finches Ferry Park

·         Forkland Park and Campground

·         Foscue Creek Park and Campground

·         Jennings Ferry Park and Campground

·         Lenoir Landing Park

·         Lock 1 Park

·         Lock 5 Park

·         Lock 6 Park

·         Lock 7 West Park

·         Lock 8 Park

·         Mill Creek Park

·         Old Lock 15 Park

·         Oliver Fishing Pier

·         Rock Quarry Park

·         Rocky Branch Park

·         Runaway Branch No 2 Park

·         Service Park and Campground


The Corps of Engineers Project Offices in Tuscaloosa, the Holt Resource Office in Peterson, AL and the Demopolis Site Office will be minimally staffed but will not be open for regular business.


All Black Warrior and Tombigbee River Locks are considered essential services will be minimally staffed but will provide normal service. 


“We apologize for any inconvenience that you may experience, these circumstances are beyond our control,” Lisa Coghlan, Deputy Public Affairs Officer.


Parks operated by a lessee or concessionaire will remain open.


E. Patrick Robbins

Release no. 11-013