Leith Run Recreation Area Closed Again Due to Flooding

NELSONVILLE, Ohio (Sept. 13, 2018) – The Wayne National Forest regrets to inform the public that effective September 9th, 2018  Leith Run Recreation Area in Washington County is once again underwater and closed due to flooding. The popular site had been reopened for less than a week following repairs from late winter floods.

A canoe glides through a flooded campground grove.

“Ohio River levels are currently receding, but as the pictures show, our one step forward unfortunately landed us two steps back,” said Athens District Ranger Jason Reed.

Reed expresses his deepest appreciation and acknowledges how proud he is of those who spent so much time and effort on repairing the damage from the late winter floods.

An information kiosk is shown submerged in water to its middle.

Wayne National Forest employees will assess damage from this round of flooding when practical and continue to monitor the track of Hurricane Florence.

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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.usda.gov/.


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