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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville (Tenn.) District employees maintain some of the largest and most used recreational areas in the country close by in the Cumberland River Basin, not a simple task, the corps said in an announcement. Just like preparing a home, an apartment, or a recreational vehicle for the next season, the key to maintaining facilities at campgrounds is planning.

“Planning is the key, but most of that is simply attention to detail and sharing information among colleagues, understanding what the public wants by comments or feedback,” said Greg Thomas, natural resource specialist and facility coordinator.

Facility managers from Cheatham Lake, J. Percy Priest Lake, Old Hickory Lake, Cordell Hull Lake, Center Hill Lake, Dale Hollow Lake, Lake Barkley, and Lake Cumberland attended a conference March 7-9 at the Cheatham Lake Resource Managers Office in Ashland City, Tenn. They shared and discussed information on contract procedures, operations, safety, deadlines, timelines, facility upgrades, and use of geospatial and geographic information systems.

The three-day conference gave facility managers across the district a chance to meet before many of the campgrounds open within the next few weeks. Most campgrounds are expecting many visitors.

Corps recreation areas located on those lakes offer ready access to a variety of camping, fishing, boating, sailing, water-skiing, swimming, bird watching, hiking and hunting opportunities. Camping facilities range from primitive to paved pads with full hook-ups for trailers and RVs.

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