Spring and summer flooding forced a new, northeastern Oklahoma water park and campground to close about two months early, according to NewsOn6.
Normally, the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Mannford would be open through Labor Day weekend, but not this summer.
Jellystone announced on Facebook that it’s last day of the season — for limited camping and the water park — was Sunday (July 7).
The park’s owners say higher lake levels at Keystone Lake have forced them to close early.
The water at Keystone has been well above normal since May, at one point hitting it’s highest ever recorded level: 34 feet above normal.
The rising water didn’t flood the water park portion, but it did flood the majority of the campgrounds at the Jellystone Park.
The water is slowly dropping, but it’s close to 27 feet high. Even when it recedes, the park will have a lot of work to do, which includes cleaning debris and repairing campsites.
This is not the first time the park has dealt with flooding. Not long after the owners signed the lease to build the multi-million dollar park in 2015, it flooded.
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