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Campers must leave USCE land at Mark Twain Lake by Wednesday

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MONROE CITY, Mo. (WGEM) -

You must leave!!

That's the message campers at Mark Twain Lake got this morning.

Park rangers began warning people that they must be off the park's property by 8:00 p.m. tomorrow because the government shutdown impacts the Army Corps of Engineers that runs the lake.

For many campers at Mark Twain Lake, this week was supposed to be a little getaway for them, but that all changed when they were told by rangers that the park is shutting down until further notice.

Campers say it's just not fair.

"Okay we won't need these for a while," said O.T. Gilbert.

Instead of spending the day out on Mark Twain Lake, Gilbert spent his day on the road after being told by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers they were closing the park because of the government shutdown.

"We're just trying to take a vacation here and you know they are shutting down the boat ramps and everything and I can't see why they should shut down the boat ramps. There's no upkeep on them or anything. No reason why we can't use them," said Gilbert.

One park worker says she was told to help get campers out and she was out of a job indefinitely starting Wednesday.

Gilbert says he had planned to leave in a few days anyways, but for others who just arrived it's a rough deal.

"There's an older couple over here that came in two days ago and they drove four hours to get here. I know they usually stay two weeks when they come," said Gilbert.

Overall, campers say it's not right and it's put a damper on their vacation.

"We had plans. We're retired. We just want to enjoy our retirement and this happens," said Gilbert.

"It's all being done because of some foolish things," Hector Rivera who was also camping Tuesday.

Leased areas and concessionaires will remain open at the park.

But, they won't be supported by the Corp while the shutdown is in place.

 

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