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Indiana State Parks Advisories and Closings

The following may include road construction advisories, blue-green algae alerts, park and trail closures, and other notices. Check with the property office for the latest updates.

Several DNR properties are experiencing high use during summer 2020. Some have reached parking capacity for day use on busy weekends, and gates have been closed, or vehicles admitted only when others leave. For real-time information, follow Indiana State Parks on Twitter (@INDNRstateparks) or (@INdnrstateparksandreservoirs). You may also wish to follow your favorite property on Facebook. View a list of DNR social media accounts.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 to view what is open, closed and canceled.

Blue-green algae

Blue-green algae is found in our lakes year-round. Under certain conditions, cells can reproduce in large numbers, and can result in a harmful algal bloom (HAB). We test many of our beaches where people use the water in the summer, but HABs may occur in other seasons, too. Watch for algae accumulation, avoid drinking or cooking with lake water, and do not allow children or pets to swim where algae accumulation is present. For more information, visit algae.IN.gov or the DNR's web page on blue-green algae.

Brookville Lake advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • Blue-Green Algae: Found in lakes year-round. More information.
  • Black Vultures: Birds may damage your vehicle. Learn how.

Brown County State Park advisories

  • OUTDOOR POOL CLOSED: The public outdoor swimming pool is closed for the 2020 summer season.
  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • FAMILY CAMPGROUND: All RVs and vehicles towing trailers MUST use the park's west entrance on State Road 46 two miles west of Nashville, Indiana. The park's north entrance east of Nashville has a historic Covered Bridge with a 9-foot height clearance and 3-ton weight limit. Oversized vehicles cannot use the north entrance. Horsemen's Campground: For equestrian users, the Horsemen's Campground entrance is on S.R. 135, five miles south of the intersection with S.R. 46.
  • All campground users should note that GPS directions may not always send you to the correct entrances.

Cagles Mill Lake (Lieber SRA) advisories

  • OUTDOOR POOL CLOSED: The public outdoor swimming pool is closed for the 2020 summer season.
  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • HIGH WATER 06-03-2020: Due to recent heavy rainfall, the beach at Lieber SRA is currently closed. Boat launching is available at Lieber SRA and the State Ramp at Cunot. Please check back for updates.
  • PARK STATUS: Some DNR properties are reaching parking capacity for day use on busy weekends. Gates have been closed, or vehicles admitted only when others leave. For real-time status, follow Indiana State Parks on Twitter (@INDNRstateparks).
  • Blue-Green Algae is at the ADVISORY alert level for Lieber SRA: (Swimming is not permitted due to the high water flooding the beach at this time.) Boating is still permitted. Avoid contact with algae. Avoid swallowing water while swimming. Take a bath or shower with warm soapy water after coming in contact with lake water. Do not use lake water for cooking or bathing. Do not allow your pets to swim or drink water where algae are present. Check back for updates. Learn more about blue-green algae.

Cecil M. Harden Lake (Raccoon SRA) advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • Blue-Green Algae is at the ADVISORY alert level for Raccoon Lake: Swimming and boating permitted. Avoid contact with algae. Avoid swallowing water while swimming. Take a bath or shower with warm soapy water after coming in contact with lake water. Do not use lake water for cooking or bathing. Do not allow your pets to swim or drink water where algae are present. Check back for updates. Learn more about blue-green algae
  • Blue-Green Algae: Found in lakes year-round. More information.

Charlestown State Park advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.

Chain O' Lakes State Park advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • Blue-Green Algae: Found in lakes year-round. More information.

Clifty Falls State Park advisories

  • OUTDOOR POOL CLOSED: The public outdoor swimming pool is closed for the 2020 summer season.
  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • Beginning in early April, S.R. 256 from Austin to Hardy Lake Road will be closed for a road widening project. This project will continue through the summer. From I-65, guests should take the Scottsburg exit (S.R.56), and head east toward Madison. Take S.R. 56 east all the way into Madison to access the park. An alternative route is to take S.R. 56 to S.R. 203 north to reach S.R. 256, then head east to Clifty Falls State Park.

Falls of the Ohio State Park advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • The Falls of the Ohio boat ramp adjacent to the George Rogers Clark Site in Clarksville is CLOSED due to damage from moving high water. There is a ramp at 100-598 Water Street in New Albany, IN for those who want to launch below the Falls. For those who want to launch above Louisville and the Falls, the ramp inside Charlestown State Park is open. Please check back for updates.
  • When traveling to the park on I-65 southbound, use Exit 1 and follow directional signs.

Fort Harrison State Park advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.

Hardy Lake advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • From April-November 2020, State Road 256 will be closed for continued construction between Highway 31 and State Road 203. Hardy Lake visitors coming from the west should take SR 56 east through Scottsburg, then north on SR 203 to the property.
  • Blue-Green Algae: Found in lakes year-round. More information.

Harmonie State Park advisories

  • OUTDOOR POOL CLOSED: The public outdoor swimming pool is closed for the 2020 summer season.
  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.

Indiana Dunes State Park advisories

  • PARK STATUS: Some DNR properties are reaching parking capacity for day use on busy weekends. Gates have been closed, or vehicles admitted only when others leave. For real-time status, follow Indiana State Parks on Twitter (@INDNRstateparks).
  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • Trail 2 is currently closed.

Lincoln State Park advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • Blue-Green Algae: Found in lakes year round. More information.

McCormick’s Creek State Park advisories

  • PARK STATUS: Some DNR properties are reaching parking capacity for day use on busy weekends. Gates have been closed, or vehicles admitted only when others leave. For real-time status, follow Indiana State Parks on Twitter (@INDNRstateparks).
  • OUTDOOR POOL CLOSED: The public outdoor swimming pool is closed for the 2020 summer season.
  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.

Mississinewa Lake advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • MAY 19, 2020: Comfort station 2 in Mississinewa's campground is currently closed for renovations and upgrades. Comfort stations 1 and 3 are still available for camper use. Please check back for updates.
  • Blue-Green Algae: Found in lakes year round. More information.

Monroe Lake advisories

  • PARK STATUS: Some DNR properties are reaching parking capacity for day use on busy weekends. Gates have been closed, or vehicles admitted only when others leave. For real-time status, follow Indiana State Parks on Twitter (@INDNRstateparks).
  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • BEACHES CLOSED 6-3-2020: Due to rising water, the beaches at Fairfax SRA and Paynetown SRA are currently closed. Some courtesy docks are under water. No fuel sales at Paynetown SRA due to electrical project at gas dock. Please check back for updates.
  • Blue-Green Algae: Found in lakes year-round. More information.
  • Black Vultures: Birds may damage your vehicle. Learn how.

Mounds State Park (Anderson) advisories

  • OUTDOOR POOL CLOSED: The public outdoor swimming pool is closed for the 2020 summer season.
  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.

O’Bannon Woods State Park advisories

  • OUTDOOR POOL CLOSED: The public outdoor swimming pool is closed for the 2020 summer season.
  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • Closed: Stagestop Campground and the canoe access ramp. Contact the office with questions.

Ouabache State Park advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • Blue-Green Algae: Found in lakes year round. More information.

Patoka Lake advisories

  • PARK STATUS: Some DNR properties are reaching parking capacity for day use on busy weekends. Gates have been closed, or vehicles admitted only when others leave. For real-time status, follow Indiana State Parks on Twitter (@INDNRstateparks).
  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • Blue-Green Algae: Found in lakes year-round. More information.

Pokagon State Park advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • Blue-Green Algae: Found in lakes year round. More information.

Potato Creek State Park advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • Blue-Green Algae: Found in lakes year-round. More information.

Prophetstown State Park advisories

  • OUTDOOR POOL CLOSED: The public outdoor swimming pool is closed for the 2020 summer season.
  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • FLOODING: Parts of Trails 3 and 4 occasionally flood. Use caution and do not cross flooded areas. Do not walk "off-trail" around flooded areas because there are many wetlands. If you encounter flooding, turn around. For up-to-date information about trail status, contact the park office.

Salamonie Lake advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • STATE ROAD 105 BRIDGE CLOSED NORTH OF LOST BRIDGE WEST: The State Road 105 bridge, just north of the property entrance to Lost Bridge West will be closed for major repairs from mid-April through mid-November. Please follow detour signs on your route. Coming into Lost Bridge West from the north on S.R. 105 south, use U.S. 24 east into Huntington, Indiana, to S.R. 9 south to S.R. 124 west, back to S.R. 105 north to the property entrance. Please check back for updates.
  • MAY 19, 2020: The showers in comfort station 2 are currently closed for renovations and upgrades, however, the restrooms will remain open. Other comfort stations are available for camper use in the area. Please check back for updates.
  • Blue-Green Algae: Found in lakes year-round. More information.

Shades State Park advisories

  • PARK STATUS: Some DNR properties are reaching parking capacity for day use on busy weekends. Gates have been closed, or vehicles admitted only when others leave. For real-time status, follow Indiana State Parks on Twitter (@INDNRstateparks).
  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.

Shakamak State Park advisories

  • OUTDOOR POOL CLOSED: The public outdoor swimming pool is closed for the 2020 summer season.
  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.

Spring Mill State Park advisories

  • OUTDOOR POOL CLOSED: The public outdoor swimming pool is closed for the 2020 summer season.
  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.

Summit Lake State Park advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • Blue-Green Algae: Found in lakes year round. More information.

Tippecanoe River State Park advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.

Turkey Run State Park advisories

  • OUTDOOR POOL CLOSED: The public outdoor swimming pool is closed for the 2020 summer season.
  • PARK STATUS: Some DNR properties are reaching parking capacity for day use on busy weekends. Gates have been closed, or vehicles admitted only when others leave. For real-time status, follow Indiana State Parks on Twitter (@INDNRstateparks).
  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.

Versailles State Park advisories

  • OUTDOOR POOL CLOSED: The public outdoor swimming pool is closed for the 2020 summer season.
  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.

Whitewater Memorial State Park advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • Black Vultures: Birds may damage your vehicle. Learn more.
  • Blue-Green Algae: Found in lakes year-round. More information.