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Indiana DNR COVID-19 Response

Updated 6/3/2020

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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.

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 end of June. 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 are OPEN. Inn restaurants OPEN at 50 percent capacity with social distancing requirements. All meals are menu-based.
  • 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 are OPEN.
  • Campstores, saddle barns, boat rentals, vending and other concessions are OPEN.
  • 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.
  • State Park property offices are OPEN. (Office restroom facilities are still temporarily CLOSED to the public).
  • 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.
  • Rentable picnic shelters, recreation buildings and rally camps are OPEN for groups of 100 or fewer people, with social distancing.

Closed

  • The DNR’s public outdoor swimming pools will remain CLOSED for the 2020 summer season due to limitations in the ability to practice social distancing on the confined space of pool decks. Locations of those closed pools include Mounds, Prophetstown, Turkey Run, McCormick’s Creek, Spring Mill, Brown County, Versailles, Clifty Falls, O’Bannon Woods, Shakamak and Harmonie state parks, along with the pool at Cagles Mill Lake (Lieber State Recreation Area [SRA]).
  • Playgrounds, fire towers, and other similar facilities - CLOSED
  • Pokagon State Park: Artesian well and shelter at the end of Spring Trail - CLOSED.
  • Mounds State Park: Artesian well - 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:

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