FORT WORTH, Texas --
Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, announce today more recreation areas opening that were closed due to COVID-19.
Day Use parks began reopening on May 7, and campgrounds began reopening May 20, unless otherwise closed for maintenance issues. Within these parks, various facilities such as playgrounds, day use group shelters, and group camping areas remain closed. USACE-operated campgrounds will, however, begin to phase-in reopening double occupancy sites effective today. Campground reservations and payments must be made in advance at http://www.recreation.gov. To protect the staff and visitors, all transactions must be made online.
Visitors should also note:
- Visitor centers and lake offices remain closed to the public until further notice.
- Group shelters, group camping areas, pavilions, sports courts, and playgrounds are not available until further notice.
- Restroom facilities are cleaned on a scheduled basis, but cannot be considered as sanitized with respect to COVID-19.
The decision to re-open is specific to each recreation area and is based largely on the safety of our staff and visitors. All visitors should contact the lake project office for specific site openings or view the latest facility status at https://www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/lake/lakefacilities.htm.
Social distancing and other restrictions required by local, state and federal authorities to include the Centers for Disease Control will be in place at these facilities. Current guidance provided by the CDC can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/parks-rec/index.html. Please follow CDC recommendations for group sizes, face coverings, and hygiene when using park facilities. Visitors are also reminded to recreate responsibly while visiting parks. Consider practicing a "leave no trace" philosophy by being considerate of other visitors, disposing of waste properly, planning ahead, and minimizing your impact on the environment. Follow safe boating and water safety guidelines any time on or near the water. Always wear a life jacket.
Visitors are encouraged to visit the Fort Worth District webpage www.swf.usace.army.mil for the latest information, or call the local lake office (https://www.swf.usace.army.mil/About/Lakes-and-Recreation-Information/) for current conditions before traveling to the lake. A complete list of USACE recreation areas with contact information is available at www.CorpsLakes.us. You may also visit www.recreation.gov to determine the status of campgrounds that are on the reservation system.
Visit the Fort Worth District Web site at: www.swf.usace.army.mil and social media at: https://about.me/usacefortworth
Release no. 20-030