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State Ending Lease With Walnut Creek State Park In Osage County

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Citing cuts in state funding, the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation says it is ending its lease for Walnut Creek State Park in Osage County.

The department says the park near Prue on the shores of Keystone Lake costs more to maintain than it brings in in revenue.

The agency says it will terminate its lease on September 1, 2014 with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which owns the land. The Corps of Engineers says it's exploring options on how to keep Walnut Creek State Park open, including finding alternate funding or another agency to operate the park

Tourism department spokeswoman Leslie Blair says ending the lease early will save the state $100,000.

Blair says the state is also considering closing or selling Disney/Little Blue area of Grand Lake State Park, Snowdale Area of Grand Lake State Park and the Spring River canoe trails near Miami.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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