Flood Extends Closure of Leith Run Recreation Area

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio (March 12, 2018) – The Wayne National Forest announces the Leith Run Recreation Area’s seasonal closure is being extended through Friday, May 25, 2018 due to flooding.

The forest made the decision after heavy rainfall left the area under several feet of water from the Ohio River. The flood waters caused the entire area to be covered in silt. The campgrounds utility system is currently being evaluated for damages.

Mud covers a campground in front of a swollen river.“We are working as quickly as possible to thoroughly clean the site and make the necessary repairs to reopen in time for the Memorial Day Weekend,” said Athens District Ranger Jason Reed.

Visitors who have made campsite reservations through May 25th have been notified and issued refunds through www.recreation.gov. The reservation system is now taking reservations after May 25th.

All other campgrounds across the forest, which are currently closed for the winter season, are expected to open on time. Trails only sustained minor damages from flooding and are currently open for hiking. The OHV, mountain bike, and horseback riding trails are expected to open at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, April 13, 2018.

For more information about the Wayne National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/wayne. Follow the Wayne National Forest on Twitter: @waynenationalfs and Facebook.

The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service’s Eastern Region includes 20 states in the Midwest and East, stretching from Maine, to Maryland, to Missouri, to Minnesota.  There are 17 national forests and one national tallgrass prairie in the Eastern Region. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/R9.

The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. For more information, visit www.fs.fed.us.

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