Posted: Jul 9, 2011 10:24 AM
Source: Associated Press
BATON ROUGE- Budget cuts and reduced staffing have forced a change in operating hours at Louisiana state parks.
The Office of State Parks says entrance station hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday - and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Gates will continue to open at 6 a.m. at sites with boat launches and 7 a.m. at sites without boat launches. Late-arriving guests are advised to contact the park prior to their visit to make check-in arrangements.
On a case-by-case basis, park managers also may be able to accommodate early arrivals and late departures.
Operating hours for historic sites will remain 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Those sites are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's days.