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Area’s federal facilities reopen

Oct. 18, 2013 @ 12:13 AM

HUNTINGTON — Coinciding with the end of the partial federal government shutdown, many federal agencies and facilities have reopened. Following is a partial list:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced most of the the Huntington District's recreation facilities are reopened.

Most Corps-operated day-use parks and boat ramps are included. The only campgrounds normally open at this time of year are located at Burnsville and Sutton Lakes. Campers should call Burnsville Lake at 304-853-2371 or Sutton Lake at 304-765-2816 prior to making plans to camp.

To find out more about the Huntington District's activities, visit www.facebook.com/pages/Huntington-District-US-Army-Corps-of-Engineers/114765368571322.

Employees of the Wayne National Forest in southeastern Ohio have been notified to return to work and start the process of reopening the forest's facilities to the public.

As of 9 a.m. Thursday, the Wayne National Forest Headquarters and Athens Ranger District office in Athens County were reopened to the public. The Athens Ranger District-Marietta Unit office remained closed. The office is in the process of relocating to its new location (former Ohio Department of Natural Resources State Nursery) at 27515A State Route 7 in Reno. During the move, telephone assistance is available by calling 740-753-0101.

The Ironton Ranger District office has reopened in Pedro. The Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area, including the Oak Hill and Iron Ridge Campgrounds, are open to the public. Off-highway vehicle and horseback riding trails were scheduled to reopen by 2 p.m. Thursday.

In the Athens Ranger District, off-highway vehicle, horseback riding and mountain bike trails are scheduled to be reopened by Friday afternoon. Burr Oak Campground and Stone Church Horse Camp plan to be reopened by Friday afternoon, with no water available. In Washington County, the Leith Run Recreation Area is closed for the season, while the Frontier Boat Launch is expected to be open by Friday afternoon. Follow on Twitter @WayneNationalFS.

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