Flooding Keeping Many Campers Away From Marion Reservoir

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

High water levels at the Marion Reservoir are keeping a lot of campers away for the rest of the year.

About 40 campsites around the lake in Cottonwood Point and Hillsboro cove are temporarily closed due to flooding. Park rangers say reservations for those locations will be canceled until August 29. They hope the water will go down before Labor Day.

Part of one of the main roads in Cottonwood Point was washed away because of the high water. An additional 45 campsites that sit on the other side of the impassable road will be closed likely until the end of the year. All of the reservations for those campsites are canceled through the end of the year.

Many campers who had reservations are disappointed.

“So see they've been canceled and everything is booked that's available so we're not going to get to camp Labor Day which would be the first Labor Day we haven't camped in probably 30 years,” Feebie Holdeman said.

The campsites on the other side of the impassable road will be closed so long because park rangers say they won't be able to even begin repairing the road until the water goes down.

For more information about canceled reservations, go to www.recreation.gov.

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