By Michael Schaffer Managing Editor
The Daily Iowegian
---- — As of midnight, Sept. 30, annual funding for the federal government expired, which will have an adverse impact on services provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rathbun Lake.
Phillip H. Brown, operations manager, said they completed the closure of all areas that are operated and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rathbun Lake on Tuesday. This includes day-use areas, campgrounds and boat ramps located in the following areas: Island View, Rolling Cove, Buck Creek, Bridgeview, Outlet Park, Dedication Site and Prairie Ridge.
Brown said the outlet area below the dam is also closed. Brown said they have installed barricades at all Corp-managed areas to prevent public assess to those areas.
Brown said areas leased to other private or public interests remain open and allow access to Rathbun Lake. Those areas include Honey Creek State Park, Honey Creek Resort, Rathbun and South Fork Marinas.
The road over the dam remains open as it is classified as a throughway and a county road.
Brown said all federal employees that work at Rathbun Project Office, with the exception of two, have been furloughed. Their responsibilities during this time is dam safety and water management operations.
Brown said the Corp’s status will remain unchanged until a federal budget is passed.