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Oklahoma Drought Forces Campground Shutdown

August 5, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

The Winding Stair Campground in the Ouachita National Forest at Hodgen in southeast Oklahoma’s LeFlore County is closed until its well water levels are replenished, according to a National Forest Service news release.

Blame it on the long-running Oklahoma drought, the Fort Smith (Ark.) Times Record reported.

“These hot, dry days have taken their toll on the well that supplies water for campers. It’s fine and good to rough it when you head into the great outdoors, but water is not a luxury; it’s a necessity,” District Ranger John Baldwin said.

Baldwin said the campground will be closed until further notice.

Located along the Talimena Scenic Drive, the campground is a popular summer camping spot because of the relatively cooler temperatures common in higher elevations, the news release states.

According to the Forest Service, nearby Cedar Lake and Billy Creek campgrounds remain open and offer a range of camping amenities.

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