Here’s what the governor’s stay-at-home order means for state parks

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – With the governor’s stay-at-home order, many Hoosiers wonder what it means for Indiana’s state parks.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources said all DNR properties—state parks, state forests, fish and wildlife areas, nature preserves and state recreation areas—remain open.

People can go outside to take a walk or ride their bikes, but they should continue to practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from others. Entrance fees have been temporarily suspended.

On the other hand, all property offices are closed. Any passes or permits needed can be bought online.

While parks remain open, several facilities are closed. They include welcome centers, playgrounds, cabins, camper cabins, fire towers and other facilities. Also closed are Nature Centers, Historic Buildings and Visitor Centers, Forest Education Centers, rifle ranges and enclosed picnic areas.

Here’s more from the DNR:

What's open

  • All DNR properties including state parks, state forests, fish and wildlife areas, nature preserves and state recreation areas. Families will be able to go outside and take a walk, run or bike ride, but they should continue to practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from other people. Entrance fees at properties have been temporarily suspended.
  • Unstaffed archery ranges.
  • Indiana DNR-managed trails and campgrounds at Brookville, J.E. Roush, Salamonie, Mississinewa, Cecil M. Harden (Racoon SRA), Cagles Mill (Lieber SRA), Patoka and Monroe lakes (campgrounds, wildlife areas, and boat ramps) remain open. However, public facilities managed directly by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at or below the dams at these lakes (tailwater areas, observation mounds, etc.) are closed.
  • Campgrounds remain open at this time, but advance reservations are required. No walk-ins are permitted. For those who would prefer to cancel or reschedule due to COVID-19, we are committed to waiving fees for cancellations or transfers of reservations and to issuing refunds as requested for campsites held through April 30, 2020. This time frame may be extended as the COVID-19 status evolves.

What's closed

  • All property offices. Passes and permits can be purchased online at ShopINStateparks.com. Property maps are available online at dnr.IN.gov. Office contact information will be provided on doors for those who have specific questions.
  • State park inns and restaurants.
  • Welcome centers, playgrounds, cabins, camper cabins, fire towers, and other facilities.
  • Nature Centers, Historic Buildings and Visitor Centers, Forest Education Centers, shooting ranges, and enclosed picnic areas.
  • State Park Inn pools and the aquatic center at Abe Martin Lodge.
  • All group camps, recreation buildings, youth tent and rally tent areas through April 30, 2020. Any groups with reservations have been contacted and fees will be refunded.
  • The DNR Customer Service Center in downtown Indianapolis is closed to public but is still available by telephone.

Events

  • All indoor and outdoor public programs and special events are postponed through April 30. There will be virtual programming added through social media; watch the DNR calendar for details and times.

We will continue to implement recommendations from the Indiana State Department of Health and will follow other directives from the State of Indiana regarding any future closures or cancellations. Notifications of any changes will be provided directly to guests and groups with reservations, and added to our property advisories webpage and the DNR calendar.

Online and phone options

We urge the public to do business with us by phone, email, or online. Here are your options:

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