The Central valley continues to feel the effects of the government shutdown. The stalemate in Washington means some Central Valley parks are also at a standstill.
The gates at Hensley Lake are locked, and no visitors are in sight. It will stay this way as long as the government remains shut down.
"My day has been kind of wasted coming out here," said Gabriel Berdeflor, a San Francisco resident.
He was hoping to spend the day with his family at Hensley Lake in Madera County.
But as the government shutdown enters its second week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District has had to close its ten parks, including four in the Central Valley.
Up until Sunday evening, the parks were running on funds from the last fiscal year.
"Eastman was my first choice, and I seen the sign it was closed, so I came out here to Hensley. And I just found out they're closed," Berdeflor said.
Visitors aren't the only ones being turned away from the parks.
The closures have forced 86 employees statewide to be furloughed-- 10 at Hensley Lake.
"It's out of our hands. Until the government shutdown is done, this is all we can do," said Carrie Richardson, park manager at Hensley Lake.
The only employees not furloughed are those who are needed to operate the dam and keep the grounds safe, Richardson said.
Nick Figueroa is not one of them, and he was sent home Monday.
"I'm not too worried. I'm pretty optimistic about the situation. It's just what we need to get through," Figueroa said.
Others, however, don't share the same patience with the federal government.
"Government shutdown, which I think is a ridiculous thing--it's just disappointing. I can't understand how come they can't just get it together," Beldeflor said.
Campers who were forced to leave early and those who had to cancel their reservations can get partial or full refunds by contacting customer service at (877) 444-6777.