Mo. National Park sites reopen after shutdown

Oct 18, 2013

Gateway Arch in St. Louis
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Visitors to Missouri can once again go up in the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and pitch tents at federally-run campsites, now that the government shutdown has ended. 

The Arch in downtown St. Louis opened Thursday without any problems and with the average number of visitors wanting to go inside, according to representatives with the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.  There were also no issues with the reopening of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways in southern Missouri. 

Deputy Park Superintendent Russ Runge says everything is back up and running, but warns that they’ve already shut off water and electricity to RV campsites for the winter.

“We are right now in the middle of our seasonal closings, which happen every year, but all accesses to the river are open,” Runge said. 

In addition, campsites and boat ramps on Army Corps of Engineers land have also reopened.