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Indiana DNR COVID-19 Response

Updated 7/27/2020

Mask Up Hoosiers

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

Hoosiers should follow posted restrictions and practice social distancing. Every individual within the State of Indiana shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when inside public buildings and in outdoor public spaces where it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing. For exemptions and more information on the Governor’s Executive Order, please view the document.

Outdoor activities

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All DNR properties, including state parks, inns and restaurants, state forests, fish & wildlife areas, nature preserves, state recreation areas and beaches are OPEN, except as designated below.

Restrictions/closures

  • Guided Cave Tours at Wyandotte Woods SRA and at Twin Caves at Spring Mill State Park are CLOSED for the 2020 summer season.
  • Shooting range hours differ among ranges. Check open days and hours before visiting. Willow Slough FWA’s range is closed until further notice.
  • The DNR’s public outdoor swimming pools are 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]).
  • Pokagon State Park: Artesian well and shelter at the end of Spring Trail - CLOSED.
  • Mounds State Park: Artesian well - CLOSED.
  • Drinking fountains - OFF.
  • The Customer Service Center, in downtown Indianapolis, is available by telephone (317-232-4200 or 877-463-6367).
  • All fishing tournaments are limited to 250 or fewer people, with social distancing.
  • Self-guided caves include Brough’s Tunnel at Clifty Falls State Park, Wolf Cave at McCormick’s Creek State Park, and Donaldson Cave at Spring Mill State Park. Donaldson/Bronson Caves and Cave River Valley caves, which are managed by Spring Mill, are OPEN but require permits as usual from the Indiana Karst Conservancy.
  • Boat rentals at Potato Creek State Park are CLOSED until further notice.

Several DNR properties are experiencing high use this summer. 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.

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.

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