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Lt. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon assumed his position as Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on September 10, 2020.
2019 flood waters pounded Tuttle Cove facilities for roughly 7 months – taking their toll on roads, buildings, and campsites. Repairs will allow park areas to be reopened to the public for the 2021 summer season.
For the safety of all, traffic lights are installed on the dam for the duration of the project (through Oct.) while construction crews work to repair shallow slides and place additional bedding and riprap. These slides are not impeding the performance or integrity of the dam; however maintenance is required to prevent that.
Obey all navigation rules established in your state. Pay attention to and follow all regulatory buoys and be aware of lake conditions.
Drowning is the nation’s second leading cause of accidental death. Many people overestimate their swimming ability and swim beyond their limits.
USACE reminds all visitors to follow these steps to recreate responsibly: honor the 6-foot social distance rule, stay away from parks and recreation areas if you are sick or have symptoms, keep parks clean by practicing “pack in and pack out” etiquette, and always wear a life jacket when near the water.
As we implement a phased reopening of campsites and recreation areas closed due to COVID-19, a complete list of recreation area status updates can be found online at:
Follow CDC guidelines, even when outdoors. We are not staffed to maintain/clean lake & park areas. Be cautious about touching anything. Sanitize and wash often. Practice social distancing.

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