River damages camp site at Jordanelle

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JORDANELLE -- A sudden shift in the Provo River washed out part of a popular campsite at Jordanelle State Park this week.

State park officials say the river that flows into Jordanelle Reservoir shifted its path and started eroding the banks at the Rock Cliff hike-in campground.

River damages camp site at Jordanelle

Kathy Donnell, a park naturalist with State Parks & Recreation, said, "It did take out one of our campsites, and it's trying to take one of our bridges out. So we're just trying to, you know, hang on to what we can."

Officials closed the area for repairs. They also gave refunds to the campers who'd reserved sites there and offered them a free stay at another campground.

As camper Nicholas Lundstrom said, "free camping, better site, can't complain about that."

Park officials say the Rock Cliff campground was built in the river's floodplain. They expect to keep it closed until the end of June.

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