The Woodward News

October 3, 2013

State parks are open

Rachael Van Horn
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Officials from the State of Oklahoma don't want folks here to let some ole' government shut down to spoil their fun.

If you can't camp at a Corps of Engineer managed camp ground, try one managed by the state, officials said Wednesday.

"All Oklahoma State Parks campgrounds and facilities are not affected by the federal government shutdown. State Parks, lodges, golf courses and nature centers are open and will remain open during the shutdown," said Marketing Coordinator for Oklahoma State Parks, Keli Clark.

"People are confused by it. They hear the parks are closed and so they think they have no where to go," she said. "What they don't understand is that there are U.S. Army Corps camp grounds at area lakes but there are also some state park camp grounds at those same lakes."

Boiling Springs, Alabaster Caverns, Little Sahara and the Great Salt Plains Lake are open for business and accepting campers, she said.



"We are welcoming all Corps park campers who have to move or those just heading out who don't know where they can go now," she said.



While Gloss Mountain State Park does not have camp grounds, it is open and still available for day use, she said.



Clark also added, while the state has no camping facility at Canton Lake, they do have camping at Roman Nose State Park, which is nearby.



"There are plenty of places to choose from," she said.



For more information about what is available, go to www.travelok.com.