Corps Begins Phased Reopen

GON Staff | June 1, 2020

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began a “phased reopening” of some campgrounds and additional boat ramps at reservoirs along the Savannah River the third week of May.

“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),” a corps release stated.

That proved to be prophetic when a few days later the corps closed the Singing Pines boat ramps at Hartwell because users weren’t following social-distancing guidelines.

Meanwhile, at other corps facilities the phased reopening process has begun. Restrooms at boat ramps currently in use will be reopened, but visitors must bring their own soap, hand sanitizer and paper towels when using the corps restrooms.

As of mid-May, there were 32 corps ramps open on Lake Hartwell, and campgrounds reopened May 18, 2020. Day-use areas remain closed. No date has been announced for reopening day-use areas and swim beaches.

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