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Closed Recreation Areas To Be Leased Out

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U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering leasing some recreation areas in eastern Oklahoma that were closed earlier this year because of budget shortfalls.

Mullin told the Muskogee Phoenix that leasing the areas would ensure public access. He said the Corps plans a meeting in mid-January to announce the procedures to submit proposals to lease the areas.

The closure of the recreation areas was a topic in August during several town hall meetings sponsored by Mullin, a Republican from Westville.

Corps officials announced in November that six closed campgrounds would be reopened. The six are Afton Landing and Tullahassee Loop in Wagoner County; Brewers Bend and Spaniard Creek in Muskogee County; and Applegate Cove and Short Mountain Cove in Sequoyah County.

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