Amanda Guerra, NBC 5 News
The government shutdown is closing area lake parks and campers are being asked to leave.
Nearly 40 North Texas parks operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are closed due to the government shutdown.
The closures are forcing those fishing, hiking or camping in the parks to look elsewhere for those outdoor activities.
Locked gates at Lake Benbrook's North Holiday Day Use Area surprised Fort Worth resident Donald French.
"We didn't know that," said French. "That's not good for families that want to go there and go fishing."
“The Fort Worth District regrets the impacts these closures might have on the numerous patrons who recreate at our facilities, and we are working to keep the public fully informed about the availability and status of those facilities,” Col. Charles Klinge, commander, Fort Worth District of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers said in a press release.
Campers in the parks closed by the shutdown are asked to leave by 2 p.m. Wednesday while park officials said those with reservations for the campgrounds can either get a refund or reschedule after the shutdown.
Camper Alvin Stowers showed NBC 5 a flyer left on his recreational vehicle by park rangers that notified him of the closure.
"I'm frustrated," Stowers said. "We love this park and we love to camp here. I'm mad."
“I think they’re just dumb. They don’t fully understand what the impact to the people is,” said camper Stowers, referring to politicians in Washington who forced this shutdown.
“It’s just so stupid that because they can’t figure this out they can’t even let the parks stay open,” he added on his way out of Benbrook Lake.
“The point is, I don’t like being told what I have to do because the government has a problem,” added camper Gene Jones.
Stowers said he’s angry and he plans on doing something about it.
“Really makes me mad. But what can you do? I guess we can do something, we can vote them out.”
NBC 5's Chris Van Horne and Jeff Smith contributed to this report.