U.S. Army Corps of Engineers keep Philpott Lake open despite government shutdown

The Corps is using special project funding to keep the park open through next week.

POSTED: 09:44 AM EST Dec 24, 2013    UPDATED: 11:21 PM EDT Oct 03, 2013 
Philpott Lake
HENRY CO., Va. -

The government shutdown hasn't closed all federally funded parks in our area.

Philpott Lake and campgrounds remain open. The property is run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The corps is using special project funds carried over from last year to keep the park open through the end of next week.

Typically that money is used to pay for programs, but by using it now, park staff say it could put a financial strain on the park for the rest of this calendar year.

"It's an opportunity that we have because of the way we are funded and we're doing that. It's not really cheating the system it's just a little bit different funding mechanism," said Craig "Rocky" Rockwell Philpott Lake Project Manager.

It also allows vacationers to stay in the campgrounds for another week.

If the shutdown lasts until next week, then all but four of the 18 employees would be furloughed.

The four remaining staff keep the dam operating.