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National Lakeshore Lost $4 Million In Government Shutdown

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

The businesses surrounding the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in northern Indiana lost more than $4 million in potential revenue because of last year’s government shutdown.

In October 2012, more than 175,000 people visited the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and they spent about $7 million.

But the 16-day government shutdown that closed the national lakeshore put a large dent in those numbers for 2013. Less than 80,000 people visited the park and spent just more than $3 million.

National Parks Service spokesman Jeffery Olson says that’s a story that played out across the nation.

“Since it happened in October, there were some concession providers and other businesses that simply sent their employees home for the season,” Olson says. “Which was a loss for the businesses and for the people that worked for them.”

In total, the National Parks Service estimates it saw about 8 million fewer visitors, and visitors spent $414 million in the month of October.

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