The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is reminding people that state parks are still open during the federal government shutdown.
Park camping areas, trails, cabins, boat ramps, and other amenities are open, as are many of the businesses who serve lake visitors.
State nature centers are also open during regular hours. Access wildlife areas and fishing lakes operated by the department remains unchanged.
The federal shutdown has created some confusion about state parks.
The budgets proposed by the Kansas House and Senate include a plan to buy land in northeast Kansas for a new park.The state parks department says it wants to buy 824 acres in Jefferson County for a park that would be used primarily for hunting and hiking.The Lawrence Journal-World reports the three parcels of land in southern Jefferson County, east of Perry, have an appraised value of $1.2 million.
There is free admission to all state parks Saturday for an open house hosted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.
It will also be the last chance to buy off-season annual camping and vehicle permits before the prices go up April 1.
For more information about each park’s open house events, visit ksoutdoors.com.