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Posted on Monday Apr 1, 2013 at 9:58 AM  
Kurt i was told today they are shutting down Afton landing this morning. Can you tell me if this is true if so why?
Posted on Monday Apr 1, 2013 at 11:01 AM  
I have no idea where Afton landing is. I am in Norman and not familiar with all corners of the state, so you'll have to give me a hint here so I can direct you to the right ODWC office for an answer.
Posted on Monday Apr 1, 2013 at 11:28 AM  
Right outside of Coweta.
Posted on Monday Apr 1, 2013 at 11:45 AM  
Afton Landing falls under the COE project manager for Fort Gibson. 918-489-5541.
Posted on Monday Apr 1, 2013 at 1:39 PM  
This is from the Corps facebook post a few minutes ago.

quote:
Corps delays opening recreation areas along navigation system

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District has delayed the official season opening of Corps-operated recreation areas along the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System until at least May 1. Boat ramps will remain open where feasible.

The delayed opening is due to a fiscal year 2013 budget reduction for the navigation system. While the Corps of Engineers continue to assess the recently signed continuing resolution, the district has identified potential shortfalls for the navigation system. This may necessitate the cancelation of recreation-related service contracts and it may cancel the hiring of temporary park rangers. Once the final budget is received, officials will determine whether to open the areas or suspend operation for the remainder of the recreation season. Some parks along the system may have been accessible throughout the winter with limited services, but these park openings will also be delayed.

“Once we analyze the final budget we can determine if we need to cancel these contracts and positions,” said John Marnell, Deputy Operations Division chief. “Public health and safety is a top priority and we cannot safely operate these parks without proper ranger staff service and contracts.”

At this time, the impacts only pertain to recreation areas along the MKARNS and do not impact other Tulsa District lakes. At most civil works projects, the Tulsa District will be able to defer some operating expenses. However, even with those types of reductions taken into account, the total savings may not be enough to absorb the budget reductions for the navigation system.

“The lock and dams, powerhouses, and the continued operation and maintenance of the navigation system are critical to our nation’s infrastructure and economic growth,” said Marnell. “We must make tough decisions that allow us to still provide these high priority, critical services while operating within a reduced budget.”

While the impacts of delaying opening these campgrounds will be felt by the public, there are alternatives at other Corps recreation areas at nearby lakes. Eufaula Lake is the closest alternative for campgrounds at R.S. Kerr, Tenkiller Lake is the closest alternative to Webbers Falls, and Fort Gibson is the closest alternative for Chouteau and Newt Graham.

The impacts are as follows:

Chouteau and Newt Graham Lock and Dams

1. Afton Landing- Delayed
2. Bluff Landing- Delayed
3. Tullahassee Loop primitive campground- Delayed
4. Highway 33 Landing and Coal Creek access areas will remain open for boat launching only. Services such as mowing, cleaning, and restroom availability may not be provided if previously available at these ramps.

R.S. Kerr Reservoir

1. Applegate Cove- Delayed
2. Short Mountain Cove- Delayed
3. Cowlington Point- Delayed
4. Damsite Day Use Area- Delayed
5. Tamaha Landing, Keota Landing, and Otter Creek access areas will remain open for boat launching only. Services such as mowing, cleaning, and restroom availability may not be provided if previously available at these ramps.

3. Webbers Falls

1. Brewers Bend- Delayed
2. Spaniard Creek- Delayed
3. Spaniard Creek Day Use Area and Highway 10 Landing will be open for boat launching only. Services such as mowing, cleaning, and restroom availability may not be provided if previously available at these ramps.

Applegate Cove, Short Mountain Cove, and Cowlington Point campgrounds at R.S. Kerr are the only recreation areas of these parks that accept reservations. Refunds will be issued by Recreation.gov for all reservations in the month of April.

Posted on Monday Apr 1, 2013 at 1:45 PM  
Thanks Guys
Posted on Monday Apr 1, 2013 at 2:59 PM  
Obamacare at its finest
Those who would give up constitutional freedoms to elected officials in exchange for a false sense of security, deserve neither freedom or security.
Posted on Monday Apr 1, 2013 at 8:32 PM  
Actually it's an example of what happens when stupid people vote.
Posted on Wednesday Apr 3, 2013 at 9:12 AM  
Yesterday at about 16:34 I was at bluff landing to see if I can get a whiff of what the government is doing. It was the. I saw a submarine going up the river. The real reason for it shutting down is that a top secret submarine is heading up north. Don't go down to look because I saw snipers on the ridge, they have shoot on sight rules so don't go near. Because of my reflexis I dodged every bullet and I got out of there. Thanks
Posted on Wednesday Apr 3, 2013 at 9:38 AM  
Now afton landing... Afton landing was shut down because of North Korea. Our special agents of the FBI got insight that the Koreans are going to start their attack on the verdigris river. Which is why submarines are heading up and down the rivers. Afton landing is the headquarters for the USA navy. The navy usually fights on oceans but they decided to take on these Koreans. Now if I were you I wouldn't go in the river because of the water mines.
Posted on Tuesday Apr 9, 2013 at 2:34 PM  
I think that it is important that anglers that use these facilities contact the Corps at the phone numbers and e-mails below:
Contact:
Nate Herring, 918-669-7384; Nathan.d.herring@usace.army.mil
Ross Adkins, 918-669-7365; Ross.adkins@usace.army.mil
I think this is part of the Administration's efforts to make "Sequestration" hurt the public as much as possible so they can justify revenue (tax) increases. Many of these locations are relatively unimproved and cost the Corps very little to leave open. They could likely save the same amount of money by not filling a single vacant position which would affect the public very little. At the very least the Corps needs to be held to the "temporary" nature of the closure as stated in the press release and reopen these areas in May. It is important that they hear from the public (voters)or I am afraid they will simply maintain the closures so that Sequestration causes as much pain as possible which fits in nicely with the Administration's agenda.
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