Flood Damage Forces Closure of Leith Run Recreation Area

Release Date: May 15, 2018  

Contact(s): Gary C. Chancey, Public Affairs Officer (740) 753‐0862


NELSONVILLE, Ohio (May 15, 2018) –The Wayne National Forest announces that the Leith Run Recreation Area in Washington County will remain closed until further notice.

The late winter Ohio River flooding caused significant damage to the electrical and waste water systems in the campground. The utilities must be repaired before the recreation area can be reopened to the public.

“This area is a popular site and I understand the effect this closure continues to have on those that have made plans to recreate here this summer,” said Jason Reed, district ranger for the Athens Ranger District. “We are working diligently to complete the necessary repairs to provide a safe, enjoyable site again.”

Visitors who have made campsite reservations will be notified and issued a full refund through the National Recreation Reservation System at www.recreation.gov. The public will be notified once the campground is reopened. All other campgrounds across the forest are open for the season.

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

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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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