Kansas agency tells visitors state parks are open

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas agency wants to clear up confusion about the effects of the federal shutdown on camping, fishing and other recreational activities around the state.

The Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism issued a statement Thursday pointing out that all state parks and state-run fishing lakes remain open.

The picture is a little murkier at the reservoirs owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation.

The state agency says federal campgrounds, day-use areas and boat ramps at the reservoirs are closed. But the state operates parks and wildlife areas at many of the reservoirs that allow access to a variety of activities, including camping, fishing and boating.

The five National Historic Sites in Kansas remain closed.

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