Hunters and fishermen are the latest group to be impacted by the federal government shutdown.
The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, a popular destination for sportsmen, is closed to the public.
On both the North and South units of the Cherokee National Forest, all gates that are open will remain open although some campgrounds and restroom facilities may not be available
TWRA says all Tennessee national wildlife refuges, including Tennessee and Cross Creeks in West and Middle Tennesee, are now closed. The permitted hunts for those area will be canceled and the refuges will be closed to all public use. All refuge boat ramps are closed and refuges are closed to all fishing. All refuge roads, observation decks, and hiking trails are closed to all access. All refuge offices and visitor centers are closed.
The Land Between the Lakes in West Tennesee remains open to hunting, back country camping, and hiking. However, all facilities that are normally staffed are closed. The process of evacuating all paid campgrounds is underway. The visitor centers are closed. Persons in need of a hunting permit will need to purchase those online or at a license agent other than the LBL visitor centers.
TWRA says the closures have come due to the lapse in appropriated funds, affecting all public lands managed by the Department of the Interior (National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, Bureau of Land Management facilities, etc.).