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Corps of Engineers Extends Facility Closures at Rend Lake

Rend Lake – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is extending its closure of Corps-managed campgrounds and group facilities at Rend Lake through May 31 in the interest of public safety due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This affects all Corps-managed reservable facilities at Rend Lake, including South Sandusky campground and day use, North Sandusky campground and day use, Gun Creek campground and day use, North Marcum recreation area, South Marcum campground and day use, Spillway recreation area, Dam West recreation area, Dale Miller group camp, and Shagbark group camp.

While an official date for the reopening of campgrounds and group facilities has not yet been determined, all reservations will be cancelled for the month of May. Individuals with reservations impacted by this closure may modify their reservation in order to avoid cancellation of reservations that extend beyond May 31. Those individuals will automatically receive an email notification from with details on how to complete a modification if needed. The deadline to complete any modifications to reservations is May 11, 2020 at 8:00 am. After that time, all reservations beginning in May will be automatically cancelled and full refunds will be issued with no cancellation fees.

The Corps of Engineers reminds all visitors to follow these steps to recreate responsibly: honor the six-foot social distance rule, stay away from parks and recreation areas if you are sick or have symptoms, keep parks clean by practicing “pack in and pack out” etiquette, and always wear a life jacket when near the water.

A determination has not yet been made for when campgrounds and recreational areas will reopen to the public. The Rend Lake Project continues to assess the situation and is developing a phased reopening approach in alignment with federal, state and CDC guidance. Updates will be provided as they become available.

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