It's the so-called winter season for camping and outdoor activities at Lake Lanier. But things still are stirring around the 38,000-acre lake now that the U.S. government shutdown has ended.
Ranger Chris Arthur of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Thursday (Oct. 17) that one campground -- Sawnee, on Buford Dam Road in the Cumming area -- will reopen Friday after some cleaning has taken place.
Arthur noted that many campgrounds would be closed anyway during the winter season. There are 40-something camping areas around the lake, but some are leased to Lake Lanier operators and county agencies, and thus are not subject to federal control.
The so-called summer season at the lake, which has some 690 miles of shoreline, runs from March to September, Arthur said.
Also, some rangers were not furloughed during the shutdown, as they were classified as essential. Arthur is based at Buford Dam.
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