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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 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

  • 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

  • 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.

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: 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

  • CANYON ROAD CHANGE: For safety reasons, a section of Canyon Road will convert to one-way traffic ONLY starting Feb. 8, 2021. The section of Canyon Road that will change runs from the T intersection of Tunnel Falls to the T intersection at the park’s nature center. With the change, only southbound traffic will be allowed on that stretch. The rest of Canyon Road will continue to be two-way.
  • 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.

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.
  • One of the two boat ramps at the George Rogers Clark Home site, located at the Falls of the Ohio State Park, has been repaired and will be open for public use when safe conditions are present. The secondary boat ramp at the site remains closed due to significant damage that occurred during the flooding in 2018. For more information or daily updates, feel please contact Falls of the Ohio State Park at 812-280-9970 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays.
  • When traveling to the park on I-65 southbound, use Exit 1 and follow directional signs.

Fort Harrison State Park advisories

  • The Lawrence Creek Trail and the Schoen Creek Trail are currently closed to hiking and mountain biking due to the saturated soils and extremely wet conditions. Fall Creek Trail, Camp Creek Trail and Tree Line Trail all remain open for guests to use and enjoy for hiking, and Harrison Trace is open for hiking and biking. Check back here or follow Fort Harrison State Park on Facebook for updates as conditions change.
  • 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.
  • HARDY LAKE ROAD CLOSURE - JAN. 18 THROUGH MID-MARCH:  Sections of Hardy Lake road will be closed in three phases, from Jan. 18 through mid-March 2021. Two of the three phases will require approximately 30-day road closures. The official detour for both closures will be to follow Whitsitt Road to Burn Road and/or Harrod Road. Please watch for detour signage in the area and check Facebook or this page for any updates to this project.
  • Blue-Green Algae: Found in lakes year-round. More information.

Harmonie State Park advisories

  • POOL CLOSED: The pool at Harmonie State Park will not open in 2021.
  • 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

  • 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.

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

  • 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

  • NO WATER IN MISSISSINEWA CAMPGROUNDS UNTIL APRIL 30, 2021: Due to maintenance repairs at the Mississinewa Wastewater Treatment Plant – water and sewer hook ups, modern restrooms and showers, dump stations, and water fill stations will NOT be available until the work is completed at the end of April 2021. Vault toilets will remain available. Electricity will also remain available on electric and full hook up sites, however, no water will be available at all. We apologize for this inconvenience. Customers with existing reservations will be contacted via email on March 19, 2021. Please check back for updates.
  • 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.

Monroe Lake advisories

  • Blue-Green Algae: Found in lakes year-round. More information.
  • 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 how.

Mounds State Park (Anderson) advisories

  • POOL CLOSED: The pool at Mounds State Park will not open in 2021.
  • 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

  • WYANDOTTE CAVES CLOSED: Due to Covid19 restrictions, the little and big Wyandotte caves are currently closed.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • MASKS REQUIRED IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS. St. Joseph County, where Potato Creek is located, has issued an order requiring masks to be worn in public buildings to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The St. Joseph County Health Department has extended its mask requirement through Dec. 31. 
  • Blue-Green Algae: Found in lakes year-round. More information.

Prophetstown 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.
  • 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.
  • WRONG DIRECTIONS: Many mapping services (including Google Maps, Mapquest, and Apple Maps are providing incorrect driving directions to the park. Use Exit 178/SR 43 north of Lafayette to access the park. Do not use SR 225. There is no park entrance and the road has a one-lane bridge with a weight restriction.

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.
  • Blue-Green Algae: Found in lakes year-round. More information.
  • TRAVEL DETOUR: The bridge is closed for construction on State Road 124 between 588 West and S 500 W, approximately one mile east of Mount Etna. It will remain closed through the end of October 2021. If traveling from the east on S.R. 124: Go south on S.R. 5 to I-69. Go south on I-69 to S.R. 218. Go west on S.R. 218 to S.R. 9. Go north on S.R. 9 to S.R 124. Go west on S.R. 124 to S.R. 105. Go north on S.R. 105 to the Lost Bridge West SRA sign (property entrance that leads to the campgrounds.) Please check back for updates.

Shades 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.

Shakamak 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.

Spring Mill 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.
  • TWIN CAVE GUIDED BOAT TOURS CLOSED: The guided boat tours at Twin Caves are closed for the 2020 season.

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

  • 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

  • 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.