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Bob Wise, Governor
Ed Hamrick, Director

News Release
For release: September 24, 2003

Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 558-3380
Contact: Mark Wylie,Watoga State Park (304) 799-4987


Riverside Campground at Watoga State Park to Close Early this Fall


  Due to several construction projects scheduled for mid-October, Riverside Campground in Watoga State Park in Pocahontas County will close for the season on Sunday, October 12, 2003 .


  Watoga Superintendent Mark Wylie noted that Watoga's Beaver Creek Campground will remain open through deer season to make up for the early closing of Riverside, so camping will still be offered at Watoga through the normal camping season. Beaver Creek Campground is located on the Huntersville side of the park, adjoining Calvin Price State Forest and the Monongahela National Forest , and is actually a better campground for hunter use. Superintendent Wylie reminds hunters that hunting is not permitted on Watoga, or any other state park, but is permitted, in season, on all state forest areas.


  Renovations were recently made to the bathhouse at Beaver Creek Campground, which made that bathhouse much more user friendly. Beaver Creek's bathhouse is now heated, and will be handicapped accessible by mid-October.


  Work scheduled to commence at Riverside Campground on Monday, October 13, includes the complete replacement of a sewage lift station and the painting of the water reservoir, which services the Riverside Campground section of the park. Both of these projects will also affect Watoga's river cabins, cabin numbers one and two, which will also be closed for the season beginning on October 13.


  Watoga has been budgeted money this year to expand the number of electric campsites at Riverside Campground. Superintendent Wylie explained that he hopes to complete this work over the winter using park staff and equipment. "Currently, Riverside Campground offers electric hookups on 19 of its 50 campsites, next summer we hope to have almost 40 electric sites available," Wylie said. If all work goes as planned, Riverside Campground will open for the 2004 season on schedule, Friday, April 2, 2004 .


  For more information, please contact Watoga State Park at 1-800-CALL WVA, or direct at (304) 799-4087.





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