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Rend Lake shutdown ripples through local businesses

Every day the federal government remains under a shutdown it's costing workers hundreds of millions of dollars in lost wages. Every day the federal government remains under a shutdown it's costing workers hundreds of millions of dollars in lost wages.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shuttered all federal grounds around Rend Lake, forcing people out of campgrounds and many fisherman casting their lines some where else. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shuttered all federal grounds around Rend Lake, forcing people out of campgrounds and many fisherman casting their lines some where else.
At Rend Lake Marina the shutdown has slowed repairs and maintenance on boats. At Rend Lake Marina the shutdown has slowed repairs and maintenance on boats.
REND LAKE, IL (KFVS) -

Every day the federal government remains under a shutdown it's costing workers hundreds of millions of dollars in lost wages.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shuttered all federal grounds around Rend Lake, forcing people out of campgrounds and many fisherman casting their lines some where else.

"This whole are depends on Rend Lake. It's the place that generates all of the revenue in this area," said Stephen Vercellino at Rend Lake Marina. "Right now October is a big fishing time. It's a big hunting time. The fishing and hunting guides are affected. It's affected everybody."

At Rend Lake Marina the shutdown has slowed repairs and maintenance on boats.

"We winterize 250 boats a year, and so far we've probably done fifteen," Vercellino said.

The lake itself is open, but the only boat ramp available is at Sailboat Marina in Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park.

It is limiting the number of fishermen stopping in at Byrd's One Stop Bait Shop.

"Normally on the weekdays we get 25-50 people a day. On the weekends it can go as high as 150," Jimmy Byrd said. "This past Friday, Saturday and Sunday we had 12 people for the entire weekend. And the business is nothing like it was. Actually we're hurting and thinking about closing down."

Every where you look around the lake there are locked gates; and there could be even more barriers put up in the coming days.

"They've even said they'll close our gate out there," Vercellino said. "When they do that, we're done. We're shutdown."

Mike Peterson with the Army Corps of Engineers says there are no plans to shut down the entire lake and Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park.

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