Reelfoot officials: Park is slowly being reopened

Reelfoot officials: Park is slowly being reopened

Officials at Reelfoot Lake State Park are asking for the public’s cooperation and understanding as they continue to work to reopen all areas of Reelfoot Lake State Park.
Reelfoot Lake State Park was forced to close because of April storm damage and May flooding.
Staff with Reelfoot Lake State Park and the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, along with Tennessee Department of Correction crews, are working to reopen closed park areas and boat ramps. Large amounts of debris must be removed and facilities must be checked and made operational before they can be opened, park manager James Cox said, adding that many of these issues cannot be addressed until flood waters recede and the ground dries.
“Some buildings that sustained damage due to flooding will have to be cleaned and/or repaired prior to public use,” he said.
Cox said most day-use areas are open and available for use by the public, though some wet areas, some tall grass and some debris remains within these opened areas. The Visitor Center has also reopened and most exhibits are back in place. The injured birds and other wildlife have returned, and pontoon boat tours and interpretive programming have resumed.
The cypress boardwalk has one damaged section that prevents completing a circular walk. This will be repaired once the water level falls and allows the work to be accomplished.
The small campground at the Airpark Area is open to public use. However, the South Campground and the Kiwanis day-use area remain closed due to large amounts of debris, wet areas, structural issues, operational issues and public health concerns.

Published in The Messenger 6.3.11

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