The partial government shutdown might be over, but for some local business owners by Mark Twain Lake, it's too little too late. They rely on visitors for business.
Park rangers were back on the clock Thursday trying to field calls and emails and get the park back open.
Local business owners say the government shutdown has destroyed their business during their last peak sales time of the season.
Kurt Meyer owns Cannon Dam Cabins and General Store off of Highway J.
Meyer's store is a hub for campers and fisherman on Mark Twain Lake to pick up last-minute supplies.
Meyer says because of the shutdown, he has lost half of his business in a normally-busy month.
"They're not open December, January or February, so to shut the campground down October 1 instead of the typical November 15 that they shut it down. It's like bringing the winter six weeks early," said Meyer.
Even though many parts of the parks are now open, it still looks like a ghost town with only a few fishermen out on the lake.
Park Ranger Ben Sapp was back at work Wednesday and says even though the campgrounds weren't full, people have been calling.
"The calls have been coming non-stop. Everyone wanting to know what's open or what's going to open before they make the trip out," said Sapp.
Sapp says it's not just as easy as opening the gates because everything needs to be checked before they allow the public back in.
"Each area is going to be checked for public safety, making sure electrical facilities are working, cleanliness, just overall safety before we just kick open gates and let everyone in. They're just being checked one by one," said Sapp.
Meyer says he isn't optimistic about sales for the rest of the season.
"I don't think you'll see most of the campers come back. I think that folks will not return," said Sapp.
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