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2024 Eclipse FAQs

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  • Will there be rentable space on DNR properties for watching the eclipse?

    At this time, we do not plan to set up individual rentable spaces in our picnic areas, playfields or other open areas. All open space will be available first-come, first-served based on available parking and space. Campsites will be reservable where available. Some shelters will be held for site-specific programming through staff and volunteers; others will be available on a first-come, first-served basis that day.

  • When can we make reservations for camping, cabins, and state park inns?

    Camping reservations will be accepted 6 months to the day in advance, which is our standard practice. Cabins managed by Indiana State Parks can be reserved up to one year in advance. The reservation window for state park inns/cabins managed by inns within the zone of totality are now open at 50%, except for Spring Mill Inn, at which reservations remain closed due to the timeline of this inn's complete renovation. The minimum stay for lodging at our state park inns, cabins, and campgrounds within the zone of totality will be Sunday night April 7, 2024 and Monday night April 8, 2024. Special circumstances may occur in some locations if paired with other property events, and notice will be provided on the website as needed. Subscribe to webpage updates to be notified when that occurs.

  • Will you have eclipse glasses available?

    We will have these for sale on our online store at and expect to have a limited supply available for sale on properties prior to and on the day of the eclipse.

  • What events and activities will be happening on DNR properties as a part of the eclipse?

    We will be hosting activities at a number of DNR properties both within the zone of totality and at other properties across the state. We’ll provide those details as we get closer to the eclipse. Subscribe to webpage updates to be notified when that occurs and watch the DNR calendar and our social media.

  • Will we be able to watch the eclipse from the water?

    If you have a kayak or boat, our lakes with launching ramps are certainly places where you can go to access the water to see the eclipse. Note that parking spaces will be limited to those available in existing lots, and lake permits will be required on boats launching at state parks, reservoirs and state forests.

  • Will gate fees be charged?

    The standard gate fee will be collected at DNR properties that normally collect gate admission. This includes state parks, reservoirs, off-road SRAs and state forest SRAs.

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