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Clarkco State Park Enters Next Phase Of Reopening

In Clarke County, after implementing new changes and following guidelines outlined by the state, Clarkco State Park is now reopening some of the park amenities, but still keeping some closed due to the threat still presented during the pandemic.

In late April, Clarkco State Park was given the go ahead from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks to reopen, but only for fishing. In early May the park was able to officially reopen their campgrounds to the public—allowing camping only if it is self-contained, meaning primitive camping is prohibited with bath houses closed, but beginning this week on Thursday guests of the state park will be able to reserve cabins for camping.

"Our cabins, they’ve been down since the first of March. We’ll be opening them up for the first time this coming weekend and we’re already booked up as far as all of our cabins, so we’re looking forward to getting them back in operation and all of that, like I said, we done had a lot of folks call wanting cabins, but we hadn’t neem able to put any in, but this weekend will be the first weekend” said Tony Fleming, Clarkco State Park manager.

State Park Manager, Tony Fleming says that the park’s splashpad will remain closed and

swimming is still not allowed, although Governor Tate Reeves safer-at-home order allowed for parks to reopen and outdoor recreation activities like swimming to begin.

“You know, they’ve got splash pads and swimming all over the state right now, they’ve still got us closed down on that at least ‘til June 11th, we don’t know after June 11th, but unless those guidelines change. One reason, you can’t control how many people go out there on that splash pad and we don’t have a fence around it, and you get a bunch of people on the splash pad and its—I guess the COVID has got us limited on that for right now”, said Fleming.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks will continue to update their website with information regarding the guidelines and restriction for state parks during the pandemic.

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