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By Casey Christie / The Californian
BY STEVEN MAYER Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Outdoor camping enthusiasts have had their options severely limited by the partial government shutdown as national parks and smaller camping areas have closed until Congress ends its political standoff.
But operators of private campgrounds say they remain open for business.
Several public campgrounds nestled around Isabella Lake are operated by the U.S. Forest Service. They were closed at noon Friday, said a spokeswoman.
In addition, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District said on its website that beginning Sunday it will close public access to its parks in California as a result of the shutdown, including Success Lake near Porterville, Lake Kaweah in Lemon Cove, Pine Flat Lake in Sanger, and Eastman and Hensley lakes near Madera.
Dam operations and other mission-critical safety and security functions will continue during the shutdown, the Corps said.
Campers in the affected parks will be required to vacate campgrounds no later than 2 p.m. Sunday, the release said.
Despite the closures, Beverly Demetriff, manager of the 97-space Frandy Park Campground in Kernville, said private campgrounds like Frandy, Camp James and others in the Kern River Valley are happy to fill the gap.
"We are open," Demetriff said Saturday. We have plenty of spaces for campers."