Phased reopening begins at Thurmond and Hartwell

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Phased reopening of Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds and additional boat ramps at reservoirs along the Savannah River will take place May 15 and May 18.

The gradual reopening will vary based on the ability to ensure visitors and Corps of Engineers staff remain safe and can continue to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Before opening facilities, workers will conduct a thorough cleaning of restrooms, showers and other common-use areas.

Restrooms at boat ramps currently in use will be reopened. Additional boat ramps not associated with closed day-use areas will reopen.

Visitors must bring their own soap and hand sanitizer and paper towels when using restrooms.

Still closed: Playgrounds, beaches, shelters and life jacket loaner stands will remain closed until further notice. Visitor centers at all three projects will remain closed to the public.

► Campers must make all reservations through the website. No cash collection, on-site reservations or future reservations will be taken on site.

► Visitors with camping reservations should print their registration form before arriving at the campgrounds. This will help limit transferring material between the public and the campground staff.

► Individuals camping in trailers and motorhomes with shower and restroom facilities should use the facilities in their trailer or motorhome to assist in ensuring proper social distancing and to reduce occupancy at the restroom-shower houses in the campgrounds.

► Visitors must bring their own soap and hand sanitizer and paper towels when using restrooms.

► Visitors must follow social distancing guidance established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state or local limits.

► Congregating in groups of more than 10 will not be allowed.

► Campsite occupancy is limited to 10 per campsite.

► Only registered campers will be allowed in the campgrounds.

The Corps of Engineers leases all recreation areas at Richard B. Russell Lake to state and local agencies. Check with those agencies for availability of recreation facilities.

Day-use fees, including boat ramp fees, are waived until October 2020. Day-use areas remain closed but may reopen later.

The Savannah District commander reserves the right to close any or all facilities or limit their use, should doing so be in the best interest of public health and safety.

As always, the Corps of Engineers urges all visitors to wear a life jacket whenever in, on or near the water.

About U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District oversees a multimillion dollar military construction program at 11 Army and Air Force installations in Georgia and North Carolina. We also manage water resources across the Coastal Georgia region, including maintenance dredging of the Savannah and Brunswick harbors; operation of three hydroelectric dams and reservoirs along the upper Savannah River; and administration of an extensive stream and wetland permitting and mitigation program within the state of Georgia. Follow us on Twitter @SavannahCorps and on
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