DNR updates property opportunities

From Local Sources

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says its properties remain open for day-use outdoor recreation, including hiking, biking on paved trails, boating, fishing, birding and geocaching.

Entrance-gate admission at properties that normally charge gate admission remains temporarily waived, according to the DNR.

These new restrictions on camping and some trail uses were put in effect this week:

• Campgrounds on all DNR properties are closed through April 20.

• Bicycling on unpaved trails and all horseback riding has been suspended at all DNR properties.

• Some high impact/high adventure trails at Indiana State Parks are also now closed for safety purposes. These trail closures include most of the hiking trails at Turkey Run, Shades and Clifty Falls, and about half of the hiking trails at O’Bannon Woods.

“With approximately 600 miles of trails across our 32 properties, there are still plenty of places to go for a walk,” said Ginger Murphy, deputy director for stewardship for the Division of State Parks.

Guests at DNR properties should come prepared for restroom use to be limited, and for all campground comfort stations and modern restrooms to be closed.

This weekend, state park staff in typically high-use properties like Indiana Dunes, Brown County, Turkey Run and others will monitor gate entry and parking lots to help ensure that guests can have a healthy and enjoyable outdoor experience.

DNR properties also open to guests include state forests and nature preserves, as well as state fish and wildlife areas and outdoor recreation areas.

A complete status list for facilities and services at DNR properties can be found here.

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