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Corps closes Columbia campgrounds early; campers irked

Kavin Carter, Park Ranger with the Army Corps of Engineers, shuts the gate to Hood Park at noon on Tuesday just after the last camper pulled out. Citing budget issues the Corps chose to close area parks more than a month earlier than usual. (Tri-City Herald)
Kavin Carter, Park Ranger with the Army Corps of Engineers, shuts the gate to Hood Park at noon on Tuesday just after the last camper pulled out. Citing budget issues the Corps chose to close area parks more than a month earlier than usual. (Tri-City Herald)

PUBLIC LANDS — Citing budget cuts, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed several camgrounds on the Columbia River on Tuesday — weeks earlier than normal.

The move surprised campers as they were evicted on Tuesday in picture-perfect weather for being in a campsite with their families.

Read the Tri-City Herald story.

See a list of Walla Walla District recreation sites and closure announcements.

It probably didn't help the Walla Walla District's budget last week as crews had to clean up trash from 3,000 partiers at the corps' Illia Dunes recreation site on the Snake River.




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