FRANKFORT, Ky. (10/8/13) – For those who did not hit the Fall Break vacation road to the Smokies or Florida, there may still be time to enjoy one of Kentucky's many parks... but with the shutdown, many wonder, "Are they still open?"
Gil Lawson, a spokesman for Kentucky's state parks main office in Frankfort, tells Surfky.com News that "Yes! We are open". That said, Lawson says his office has gotten several calls about parks, due to confusion from the federal shutdown. He says the key is knowing which parks are run by the state and which are federally funded.
"Since the start of the federal shutdown, we have received calls from customers and the media about Kentucky's state parks. Of course, you do have Mammoth Cave and Land Between the Lakes which are federal properties, so they are impacted. But all Kentucky state parks, like Lake Malone, Pennyrile Forest, places like that are all open." Lawson said.
So does that mean you can't go fishing at Lake Barkley or Kentucky Lake?
Kentucky Dam Village is run by the state, and a spokesperson there said, "Yes, we are open, and we have gotten several campers here who could not use the Land Between The Lakes campgrounds."
Land Between the Lakes is run by the federal government. Calls to that park's made office will get you a recording, saying "Due to the lapse in funding, Land Between the Lakes is closed with the exception of some essential services. For more details log on to www.usda.gov."
The good news is that all of Kentucky's state parks are open for business with lots of fun and inexpensive events during your Fall Break. So enjoy! But to be safe, call ahead before you head out!
Get details on Kentucky State Park events this week at http://parks.ky.gov/
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