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West Point Lake Parks and Campgrounds Begin Reopening

Day Use Parks along West Point Lake are beginning to open to the public. The reopening of certain parks began Monday, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allowing access to Amity, Holiday, R. Shaefer Heard, and Whitetail Ridge campgrounds.

Addition openings are scheduled throughout the week, with most parks across Troup County returning to nearly full access by Friday. The Army Corps of Engineers noted on Friday that certain amenities will remain closed until further notice, including “beaches, playgrounds, and picnic shelters.” Such continued closures are intended to help mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19.

Those heading to recently-reopened campgrounds along West Point Lake this week will notice a few other changes to operating procedures. Amity, Holiday, R. Shaefer Heard, and Whitetail Ridge have altered routine business to better protect both staff and campers. According to the Army Corps of Engineers, these changes include the closure of life jacket loaner stations, as well as playgrounds and group shelters. Additionally, only registered campers will be allowed to enter the parks, where check-in will be conducted at the side window of campground gatehouses and where staff will clean restrooms daily according to current CDC guidelines. Finally, all reservation modifications must be made online and not on-site at any campgrounds.

Day Use Parks expected to open this week include:

  • Anderson
  • Clark
  • Dewberry
  • Eagle View
  • Evansville
  • Georgia
  • Glass Bridge
  • Hardley Creek
  • Horace King
  • Liberty Hill
  • Long Cane
  • McGee Bridge
  • Shaefer Heard Day Use Park
  • Ringer
  • Sunny Point
  • Veasey Creek
  • West Overlook
  • Whitewater
  • Yellowjacket Creek Boat Ramp

 

Visitors to these parks will enjoy boating, fishing, and trail access. Restrooms in these parks will be opening to the public as well.

The author of this article can be reached via email at jboggs@troupcountynews.net.