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USACE Reopens Double-Occupancy Sites for Campgrounds

Potters Creek Park, operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is open year-round and offers RV and tent sites as well as overnight screened shelters, and a group site, all with electric and water hookups. Every site has a picnic table, fire ring, and grill, water and electricity. Park Amenities include flush toilets, showers, drinking water, and two dump stations. The park also has two boat ramps with docks, a fishing pier and beach. Rangers patrol the park and hosts are on-site year-round.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) began a phased reopening of double-occupancy sites for its Canyon Lake campgrounds today.

Campground reservations and payments must be made in advance at http://www.recreation.gov. To protect the staff and visitors, all transactions must be made online.

Day-use parks began reopening on May 7, and campgrounds began reopening May 20, USACE said in a press release. Playgrounds, day-use group shelters, and group camping areas remain closed.

The Corps’ developed camping parks in Canyon Lake include Potter’s Creek Park, Canyon Park, Cranes Mill Park and North Park. Day-use parks are Canyon Beach Park, Guadalupe Park and Overlook Park.

USACE’s Canyon Lake office can be reached at 830-964-3341.

USACE Guidelines

  • Visitor centers and lake offices remain closed to the public until further notice.
  • Group shelters, group camping areas, pavilions, sports courts, and playgrounds are not available until further notice.
  • Restroom facilities are cleaned on a scheduled basis, but cannot be considered as sanitized with respect to COVID-19.

The decision to re-open is specific to each recreation area in the United States and is based largely on the safety of staff and visitors. All visitors should contact the lake project office for specific site openings or view the latest facility status at https://www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/lake/lakefacilities.htm. USACE’s Fort Worth District oversees Canyon Lake.

Social distancing and other restrictions required by local, state and federal authorities to include the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will be in place at these facilities.

Current guidance provided by the CDC can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/parks-rec/index.html.

Visitors are asked to follow CDC recommendations for group sizes, face coverings, and hygiene when using park facilities, and are reminded to recreate responsibly while visiting parks.

USACE encourages a “leave no trace” philosophy by being considerate of other visitors, disposing of waste properly, planning ahead, and minimizing your impact on the environment.

Recreationalists should follow safe boating and water safety guidelines any time on or near the water, the Corps advises. Always wear a life jacket.

Visitors are encouraged to visit the Fort Worth District webpage www.swf.usace.army.mil for the latest information, or call the local lake office (https://www.swf.usace.army.mil/About/Lakes-and-Recreation-Information/) for current conditions before traveling to the lake. A complete list of USACE recreation areas with contact information is available at www.CorpsLakes.us.

Visit www.recreation.gov to determine the status of campgrounds that are on the reservation system.


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