3 Connecticut campgrounds to close up shop early

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has announced that three state campgrounds will close soon after the July 4th holiday.

Devils Hopyard in East Haddam, Salt Rock in Baltic, and Greens Falls in Voluntown will close early in order to eliminate nearly $1.8 million in costs. DEEP says the three campgrounds have the lowest rates of utilization.

“Our plan is designed to reduce expenses while providing the highest quality outdoor recreation opportunities for the public and ensuring public safety,” said DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee. “By carefully analyzing how and when the public uses our state park system we will achieve the savings we need while keeping much of what we offer at our 109 parks open and available to the public.”

All other state park and forest campgrounds will close after the Labor Day holiday, with the exception of campgrounds at Hammonasset Beach and Rocky Neck State Parks, which will remain open through Columbus Day weekend.

Those who have booked a reservation at the three affected campgrounds will be contacted by DEEP officials. They will have the opportunity to switch their reservation to another state campground at no cost, or they can elect to receive a full refund.

Lifeguard staffing adjustments will also be made at state parks.

At Hammonasset, Rocky Neck, Sherwood Island, Silver Sands, life guards will only be on duty between three and five days per week. Previously, lifeguard stations were staffed all seven days of the week.

At Black Rock, Burr Pond, Indian Well, and Squantz Pond Parks, lifeguards will be on duty between three and five days per week, including weekends.

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