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How a Washington state government shutdown could ruin campers’ July 4 plans

070114 – Orcas Island – Washington – Bikers ride the road leading to the top of Mount Constitution, the highest point of the San Juan Islands, on July 1, 2014. Orcas Island draws visitors interested in the many outdoor activities available on the Island. Biking, hiking and kayaking are popular ways to spend a day on Orcas Island.

If the gates close, the state parks system would lose about 1.4 million visitors in about a week.

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