Flooding Causes Georgia Camping Issues

January 6, 2014 by   - () Comments Off on Flooding Causes Georgia Camping Issues

Record-breaking December rain forced some Clarks Hill Lake, Ga.,  facilities to close, the Columbia County News-Times of Evans reported.

Docks, boat ramps and fishing piers and other lakeside facilities remained closed Dec. 30  after a week of rising waters.

The beaches and docks at Petersburg Campground were closed and campers at a low-lying camp site had to be moved because of rising waters.

Park Attendant Richard Reeves said over the weekend, the water rose to within a couple of feet of flowing over the pavilion at the swimming area.

Wildwood Park Manager Jamey Rabun said the high water hasn’t affected the park’s docks and boat ramps, which are relatively new and designed to withstand even another foot of water before causing problems. They remained open through the rising water levels, Rabun said Monday.

“The boat ramps look good, there’s no problem there,” Rabun said, adding that water encroached on a few camp sites, but didn’t displace any campers. “We’re in pretty good shape.”

The park’s primitive camping area, which is on a small island accessed by a peninsula, was flooded and was closed, Rabun said. But with few campers using the primitive area this time of year, the closure hasn’t caused problems.

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