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Some campgrounds close for season amid budget cuts

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Devil's Hopyard is one of the campgrounds now closed for the season. (WFSB) Devil's Hopyard is one of the campgrounds now closed for the season. (WFSB)
EAST HADDAM, CT (WFSB) -

Tough budget cuts mean tough times for Connecticut campgrounds.

Three popular campgrounds are now closed because the state is looking at saving $2 million.

Devil’s Hopyard in East Haddam is one of the campgrounds that is now closed due to budget cuts.

Salt Rock in Baltic and Green Falls in Voluntown will not be open for the rest of the summer season either.

"It would be nice to if it was open. It’s one of the things people really like in Connecticut,” said camper Nathan Allen.

"A lot of my friends they like to hang out together...going to nature. They are not going to hang out in hotels. This is cheap,” said Stephanie Albert.

Most other state campgrounds will close after Labor Day, and the only two exceptions are Hammonasset and Rocky Neck, which will stay open into October.

There will be also be changes to a number of beaches. Lifeguards who normally work seven days a week will be cut back to five, focusing on the days and locations with the largest number of beach goers.

Those who enjoy camping and the outdoor experience are disappointed and said they hope the state budget problems get better and the closings are only temporary.

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