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Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge to begin reopening campgrounds, marinas

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(WSIL) -- Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge will begin opening campgrounds and marinas this week with some limitations.

The Blue Heron and Little Grassy Campgrounds & Marinas, as well as the Crab Orchard Marina, will open Thursday, June 4.

The Crab Orchard Lake Campground will open on June 11.

The Devils Kitchen Lake Campground, Crab Orchard Lake Beach, and Visitor Center will remain closed until further notice.

"With the increased access to the refuge, comes increased responsibility, especially in light of the current coronavirus pandemic. The health and safety of our employees, contractors, volunteers and the visiting public remain our highest priority. While visiting recreation areas, visitors are encouraged to practice social distancing and other COVID-19 safety precautions required and recommended by local, state and federal authorities," said refuge officials in a statement Wednesday.

The Refuge said changes at the campground include:

  • Campsites can only accommodate the single-family unit occupying that campsite
  • Campers are encouraged to use any self-contained restroom in their own camper
  • No tent camping
  • No outside visitors at any campsite
  • Limited showers available

For more information, call (618) 997-3344 or email CrabOrchard@fws.gov.

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