A story in the Oct. 6 issue of the New Hampshire Sunday News reports that the government shutdown is forcing a number of local campgrounds to close for Columbus Day weekend.
The federal government is ordering all 22 privately run campgrounds in the White Mountain National Forest to close this week as part of the ongoing government shutdown – just days before the peak Columbus Day weekend.
However, New Hampshire tourism officials note that other private campgrounds and state parks in the White Mountains will be open. The Division of Parks and Recreation posted a notice on its website that “NH State Parks are not part of the government shutdown” and provided a quick link to “camping in NH state parks.” (For New Hampshire travel and tourism information, go to: visitnh.gov.)
Kent Tower, who runs the federal campgrounds, estimates the closure will cost him $50,000. And Tower, president of Pro Sport Inc. in Thornton, says the economic impact will ripple through the North Country.