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Protecting recreating public, government personnel driving force behind closures due to COVID-19

Nashville District Commander
Published March 20, 2020
As America confronts the challenges of COVID-19, protecting the health and safety of the recreating public, volunteers and our government personnel is our highest priority. (USACE photo by Park Ranger Dean Austin)

As America confronts the challenges of COVID-19, protecting the health and safety of the recreating public, volunteers and our government personnel is our highest priority. (USACE photo by Park Ranger Dean Austin)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 20, 2020) -- As America confronts the challenges of COVID-19, protecting the health and safety of the recreating public, volunteers and our government personnel is our highest priority. To further protect against the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all U.S. Army Corps of Engineers managed campgrounds will remain closed or immediately begin an orderly shutdown.

As America confronts the challenges of COVID-19, protecting the health and safety of the recreating public, volunteers and our government personnel is our highest priority. To further protect against the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all U.S. Army Corps of Engineers managed campgrounds will remain closed or immediately begin an orderly shutdown.

Individuals with paid reservations will be contacted by email and full refunds will automatically be processed by Recreation.gov with no cancellation fees. Individuals should not attempt to contact Recreation.gov nor request a refund or a cancellation fee will be charged.

In addition, visitor centers, beaches, special events, USACE-sponsored events such as shore sweeps, interpretive programs, kids to parks, earth day events, public meetings and other public gatherings have been closed and/or put on hold until further notice.

USACE is maintaining access to our projects by keeping day use facilities and lake access areas open such as boat launches, picnic areas, fishing piers, and viewing areas; however, these areas are subject to evolving conditions and localized situations may cause decisions that close specific areas.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is one of the nation's leading federal providers of outdoor recreation with more than 400 lake and river projects in 43 states. The Nashville District operates and maintains 10 lakes, 146 recreation areas, 25 developed campgrounds and primitive camping areas in Kentucky and Tennessee. The 10 lakes in the Nashville District alone had approximately 20 million visitors and 158,000 campers and day-use visitors during the 2019 recreation season.

The numbers simply highlight how important it is to protect the public and our employees against the spread of COVID-19, and I appreciate your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.

For more information on the closures of USACE recreation areas, please contact the USACE lake or river project before your visit. A complete list of recreation areas is available at www.CorpsLakes.us.