most Indiana Department of Natural Resources campgrounds, property-operated
cabins and camper cabins, inns, and restaurants will re-open as part of
Phase III of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s Back on Track Plan.
Guests with a
current campsite or property-operated cabin reservation for Sunday night,
May 24, have been contacted with a message by phone or email concerning
their options. As of 10 a.m. today, new reservations for the weekend can be
made by visiting camp.IN.gov
for Memorial Day weekend will require a three-day minimum, per DNR’s
standard policy for holiday weekends.
reservations which were previously canceled, regardless of the cancellation
date, unfortunately cannot be reinstated, DNR said. Confirmation letters
from any three-night Memorial Day weekend reservations for 2020 made earlier
in the year are no longer valid. Holders of these letters whose reservations
were previously cancelled will need to make new reservations in order to
secure a campsite for the weekend.
Glendale and Willow Slough fish and wildlife areas are also open and
available on a first-come/first-served basis. The campground at J.E. Roush
Lake Fish and Wildlife Area is currently flooded. Those wishing to camp at
J.E. Roush Lake FWA should call (260) 468-2165 for updates.
Restaurant at Fort Harrison State Park, located in Marion County, will
remain closed to inside dining until June 1, but will begin menu-only patio
seating on Sunday, May 24.
will open on Saturday, May 23. Public outdoor park pools will not be open
Park offices remain
closed but lake permits, horse tags, and off-road cycling permits can be
purchased at entrance gates or at ShopINStateParks.com
Youth, rally, and
group camps remain closed. Playgrounds, shelters, recreation buildings, and
fire towers remain closed as well.
Department of Natural Resources is committed to ensuring that our guests and
staff continue to have safe and memorable outdoor experiences at our state
parks, state forests, fish and wildlife areas, nature preserves, and state
recreation areas in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19),” DNR said.
“All facilities will be following COVID-19 social-distancing and cleaning
requirements. We ask that our guests work with us to do the same.”
Department of Natural Resources is urging folks to practice responsible
recreation at its fish and wildlife areas (FWAs) this Memorial Day weekend.
recreation means that everyone does their part to keep FWAs healthy,
beautiful, and safe for Hoosiers and Indiana's fish and wildlife,” DNR said.
“While at FWAs this weekend, remember to bring a bag to carry out your
trash. Enjoy the outdoors safely by practicing social distancing, parking
only in designated areas, driving 30 miles per hour or less on property
roads, and only using designated shooting ranges for target or recreational
"Planning ahead is
another way to ensure that you have a fun and safe time while enjoying the
outdoors,” DNR added. “Along with any activity-specific gear and a trash
bag, remember to bring water, hand sanitizer, soap, and paper towels with
you. Know where you're going and think about an alternative location if your
initial destination is crowded.”