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Indiana DNR COVID-19 Response

Updated 5/22/2020

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The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19.

For details on overnight Memorial Day weekend stays at DNR properties, please see the bottom of this page.

Outdoor activities

Outdoor activities, and travel to and from those activities, are still permitted. These include camping, hiking, fishing, boating, birding, hunting, horse and bicycle riding and geocaching. On DNR properties, some services and facilities are temporarily closed. See below for list.

Hoosiers should follow posted restrictions and practice social distancing.

Read more about the Governor’s Executive Orders.

Hunting and fishing licenses

  • All 2019-2020 basic hunting, basic fishing, hunt/fish combo, youth licenses and stamps set to expire March 31, 2020, are valid until Thursday, June 4, 2020. Keep a printed or electronic copy with you while hunting/fishing. If you do not have a valid 2019-2020 annual license or stamp, a new 2020-2021 annual license is required.

Licenses can be purchased by visiting the Indiana Fish & Wildlife Online License System, open authorized license vendors, or calling the Indiana DNR Customer Service Center at 877-463-6367, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Open

All DNR properties including state parks, state forests, fish and wildlife areas, nature preserves and state recreation areas are OPEN. However, some services and facilities are temporarily closed. See below for list.

All DNR properties are charging entrance fees per normal practice.

A full breakdown of entrance and other fees can be found at stateparks.IN.gov/ 5062.htm.

  • Family and equestrian campgrounds are OPEN.
  • Inns and inn restaurants are OPEN; however, The Garrison Restaurant at Fort Harrison State Park remains closed to inside dining until June 1, but will begin menu-only patio seating on Sunday, May 24.
  • Property-operated cabins, camper cabins and inn-operated cabins are OPEN.
  • State Park Inn pools and the aquatic center at Abe Martin Lodge are OPEN.
  • State park beaches OPEN May 23 with normal schedules.
  • Campstores, saddle barns, boat rentals, vending and other concessions are OPENING Memorial Day Weekend
  • Indiana DNR-managed lakes, trails, boat ramps and wildlife areas at Brookville, J.E. Roush, Salamonie, Mississinewa, Cecil M. Harden (Raccoon SRA), Cagles Mill (Lieber SRA), Patoka and Monroe lakes - OPEN.
  • Unstaffed archery ranges - OPEN.
  • Day-use restrooms, campground comfort stations and vault toilets - OPEN.
  • The Fort Golf Course and PRO Shop at Fort Harrison State Park are OPEN, with tee times available from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Self-service cart rental is available with a limit of one person per cart. Payment and reservations can only be made by phone at 317-543-9597. Please practice social distancing during play.
  • Marinas are OPEN with limited shuttle service available.
  • Disc Golf Courses and Fish Cleaning Stations – OPEN.
  • Welcome Centers, Nature Centers, Historic Buildings, Visitor Centers and Forest Education Centers OPEN, however, hours may be reduced, and social distancing may limit the number of guests allowed in the respective facility at one time.
  • All shooting ranges, except the one at Willow Slough FWA, are OPEN. Shooting range hours differ between ranges. Check open days and hours before visiting. Willow Slough FWA’s range will remain closed until further notice.

Closed

  • All property offices are CLOSED until May 26. Passes and permits can be purchased online at ShopINStateparks.com and at DNR property entrance gates. Property maps are available online. Find contact information on office doors.
  • Playgrounds, fire towers, and other similar facilities - CLOSED
  • Shelters, recreation buildings, and other enclosed picnic areas - CLOSED.
  • Pokagon State Park: Artesian well and shelter at the end of Spring Trail - CLOSED.
  • Mounds State Park: Artesian well - CLOSED.
  • All group camps, youth tent and rally tent areas - CLOSED.
  • Drinking fountains - OFF.
  • The DNR Customer Service Center in downtown Indianapolis is CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC but is still available by telephone (see below for number).

Canceled

  • All fishing tournaments on DNR owned/operated properties - CANCELED (TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED TO RESUME JUNE 14.)
  • All fishing tournaments that require a permit through DNR, even if they are not on DNR owned/operated property - CANCELED (TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED TO RESUME JUNE 14.)

We continue to implement recommendations from the Indiana State Department of Health and 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.

How to buy a permit, pass or license

We urge the public to do business with us online and by phone. The DNR Customer Service Center staff can answer questions and sell annual state park passes, DNR lake permits and hunting/fishing licenses at 317-232-4200 or 877-463-6367. Hours are 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Online and phone options include:

Stay informed

Memorial Day Weekend

DNR campgrounds, property and inn operated cabins, camper cabins and our inns/lodges will now reopen on Friday, May 22, 2020.

  • If you have a current campsite or property-operated cabin reservation for Sunday night, May 24, you will be contacted with a message by phone or email about your options.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot reinstate camping reservations that were cancelled, regardless of the cancellation date. About half of our sites are currently open for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights during Memorial Day Weekend.
  • If you do NOT have a current campsite reservation for ANY night this Memorial Day weekend, you can make a new reservation online ONLY at camp.IN.gov beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 21. No new reservations will be accepted until that time. There will be a 3-night minimum (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) required for new reservations.
  • Please note that confirmation letters from any three-night Memorial Day weekend reservation for 2020 made earlier in the year, are no longer valid. Please do not travel to a property on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday expecting to have a site waiting for you. You CAN make a brand new reservation for sites that are now available at camp.IN.gov beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 21.
  • Check-in time for camping on May 22, 23 and 24 ONLY begins at 8 a.m. ET.
  • If you have a reservation for an inn room or inn-operated cabin on Sunday May, 24, and wish to expand your individual room or cabin reservation to include Friday and/or Saturday night please contact the Inns Call Center at 1-877-LODGES1 or reserve online at IndianaInns.com. Check-in time for inn-operated cabins will be 8 a.m. on Friday, May 22 only, and 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Note that The Garrison Restaurant at Fort Harrison State Park, located in Marion County, will remain closed to inside dining until June 1, but will begin menu-only patio seating on Sunday, May 24.