Federal Shutdown Forces Oakdale Man To Close Seasonal Rafting Business Early

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OAKDALE (CBS13) – The government shutdown is sinking business at local rivers, forcing hundreds to change their weekend plans.

With federal parks closed, the owner of rafting business along the Stanislaus River says he can’t make money.

The gates at several Stanislaus River parks were locked Saturday night, and won’t reopen until further notice.

“Since we use the parks to launch people and bring people in, they’re closed. So, we can’t operate,” said David Voortman, owner of River Journey.

Disagreement in Washington has forced the closure of all federal parks, placing rangers and maintenance workers on furlough. But it has also closed Voortman’s rafting business weeks early.

“For us and those of us in the town of Knights Ferry, it affects us because we are dependent on the people that come to the parks,” he said.

Voortman says on his busiest days, around 500 rafters…

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