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Boaters Can Float Rivers, Not Stop on Federal Land During Government Shutdown

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EMINENCE, Mo. (AP) — The Ozark National Scenic Riverways says people can float rivers that flow through federal park property in southwest Missouri but they can’t set foot in closed parks until the partial government shutdown is over.

When the parks were closed Oct. 1, officials indicated rivers in the area would be closed to floating. On Thursday, Riverways Superintendent Bill Black clarified that people can float the Current and Jacks Fork rivers, but they must stay off federal park land, including gravel bars in the rivers.

The Springfield News-Leader reports all park facilities are closed and boats can’t be launched from park property. But Black says there are some places at Eminence and Van Buren, and some county roads, where boats can be put in.

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