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11:22 am
Wed October 2, 2013

All Kentucky State Parks Remain Open During Federal Government Shutdown

Barren River Lake State Resort Park, along with all other state-run parks, is open during the government shutdown.
Credit Kentucky State Parks

The Kentucky Department of Parks wants to clear up some confusion concerning the federal government shutdown.

"All 49 Kentucky state parks are open during their regular business hours. That includes our campgrounds, restaurants, historic sites, our lodges and cabins, and all the other things people like to visit,” Parks Department spokesman Gil Lawson told WKU Public Radio.

Lawson says some state parks--such as Barren River Lake State Resort Park--sit on lakes administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. While federally-run campgrounds at the parks may be closed due to the shudown, Lawson emphasizes that state campgrounds remain open for business.

He says federal and state-run parks often share similar names, which can confuse the public regarding which remain open during the ongoing impasse in Washington.