COVID-19 DNR Restrictions Update

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has released the following information about re-opening several of its facilities and services on Monday, May 11th. This includes allowance of mountain biker and equestrian use of their respective trails on DNR properties. Please remember that this will only last if everyone displays good behavior. Ride in small groups, ideally just those in your household. Ride under control. Don’t hang out in the parking lot. Maintain 6 feet between others. Be extra courteous when passing other riders and hikers. Stay home if you feel sick. If you see others behaving poorly, speak up to them. They are putting your trail access at risk.

IMPORTANT UPDATE (05/08/20): Turkey Run, Shades and Indiana Dunes state parks, and Deam Lake and Starve Hollow state…

Posted by Indiana State Parks on Friday, May 8, 2020

Turkey Run, Shades and Indiana Dunes state parks, and Deam Lake and Starve Hollow state recreation areas will resume collecting entrance fees on May 9, 2020. All other DNR properties will resume charging entrance fees no later than May 15, 2020. A full breakdown of entrance and other fees is at

Status will change for several facilities and services beginning May 11th as well. This includes:
•Equestrian and mountain bike trails open for day use only for riding on Monday, May 11.
•Day-use restrooms and vault toilets reopen at DNR properties the week of May 11. Until then, come prepared for restroom use to be restricted.
•Year-round Nature Centers and historic facilities in state parks reopen the week of May 11. Hours may be reduced, and social distancing may limit the number of guests allowed in the respective facility at one time.
•Marinas open the week of May 11, with limited operations.
•The Fort Golf Course is open, and the golf pro shop at Fort Harrison State Park reopens the week of May 11, with self-service cart rental available and a limit of one person per cart.

Modern and equestrian campgrounds will tentatively open for use on May 24, 2020. A complete status list for facilities and services at DNR properties is at

If you are visiting this weekend or in the coming weeks, please remember these guidelines to keep you, our staff and our public lands safe and open:
•Practice social distancing at all times, particularly, as you hike, picnic, visit nature centers or use boat ramps. Keep a minimum of 6 feet from other individuals you encounter, for your safety and theirs.
•Keep your group size small – fewer than 25 individuals is ideal.
•Bring your own drinking water and hand sanitizer.
•If you picnic, bring and use a covering for your picnic table and take it with you when you leave.
•If a parking lot is full, move to another location.
•If you are not feeling well, please stay home and plan a visit for a different day.

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