BERLIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – Mill Creek Campground at Berlin Lake will be closed July 5 and for the foreseeable future, according to the Army Corp of Engineers.
The campground will honor reservations for the Fourth of July holiday, but will no longer take reservations after that.
The campground will close at noon on Friday, July 5. Evan Skornick with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers said a mechanical breakdown in the sewage transmission system is causing the closure.
“It’s a problem that occurred starting Friday. We are going through the effort of troubleshooting our system to figure the best way to move forward from here,” Skornick said.
Tiffani Bland of East Palestine and her family try to make it to Mill Creek Campground once or twice during the summer. They were there Wednesday having a picnic when it was announced that the facility was closing.
“We were actually planning on coming in a couple of weeks to go camping,” Bland said.
In the meantime, portable toilets and showers are being brought in for campers to accommodate them through the busy Fourth of July weekend.
“Public welfare and health is one of our top priorities. We don’t want to do anything that is going to put the public welfare in danger or at risk,” Skornick said.
The campground can get anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 people staying there on a holiday weekend like the Fourth of July so getting the word early and fast is imperative to give people time to make other plans.
“We are putting notices out on social media. We are working with our partners at the National Recreation Reservation Service who takes the reservation for the campground, and we will be posting signs about the campground closure,” Skornick said.
The day use area at the park will remain open and the boat launch will continue to be operational as water levels allow.
The campground had similar issues in 2015 and resolved the problem but the fix was temporary.