UPDATED: Corps to close day use recreational areas, postpone campground openings

Published March 17, 2020

LOUISVILLE, KY –In the interest of public safety due to COVID-19 concerns, and in accordance with Center for Disease Control recommendations, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District will be closing all Corps-managed day use recreational areas and associated public facilities (such as beaches, picnic shelters and restrooms) and postponing the opening of all campgrounds until further notice.

These additional measures went into effect, March 16, at 5:00 p.m.(EST) at each of the district’s 20 flood risk management projects throughout Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. A complete list of impacted Louisville District lakes is below. All Corps-managed boat ramps will remain open at this time. It is important to note that some facilities, such as marinas, boat ramps, and campgrounds, are operated by other entities. We recommend that the public contact the respective state agencies and marinas directly for the latest on their operating status.

Campground reservations made through recreation.gov will be processed automatically and a full refund will be issued.

As always, public safety and the safety of our employees remains our top priority, so all USACE visitor centers will remain closed to the public until further notice. All previously scheduled public tours and educational events have been canceled. Every effort will be made to reschedule these events for a later date when feasible.

The following public areas at the district’s Lock and Dam projects along the Ohio River have also been closed to the public:
Markland Locks and Dam - Observation tower and park
McAlpine Locks and Dam - Training center and observation area
Cannelton Locks and Dam - Park and comfort station
Newburgh Locks and Dam - Park and comfort station
John T. Myers Locks and Dam - Observation area and public restrooms
Olmsted Locks and Dam - Visitor overlook

USACE will continue to monitor and assess the situation and keep the public informed of any additional updates. For the latest information follow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District at:  https://www.facebook.com/LouisvilleUSACE/


Cecil M. Harden Lake
Cagles Mill Lake
Patoka Lake
Brookville Lake
Salamonie Lake
J. Edward Roush Lake
Mississinewa Lake
Monroe Lake


Green River Lake
Nolin River Lake
Barren River Lake
Rough River Lake
Buckhorn Lake
Carr Creek Lake
Cave Run Lake
Taylorsville Lake

Caesar Creek Lake
William H. Harsha Lake
West Fork of Mill Creek Lake
C.J. Brown Dam & Reservoir


Katie Newton
(502) 315-6773

Release no. 20-004

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