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DNR Closes Shooting Ranges, Restricts Access at Offices to Appointment Only

March 18, 2020

In accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has closed shooting ranges and will restrict general public walk-in traffic at facilities statewide.

The restrictions will take effect at 8 a.m. Thursday, March 19.

Fishing and hunting licenses, camping reservations and other items will remain available for purchase online. Hunting and fishing guides and digests are also available online. Burn permits are available free at

The affected DNR offices will be open by appointment only to customers who need services such as obtaining hunting, fishing and charter licenses. Regular deliveries will continue.

These facilities include DNR fisheries research stations and hatcheries, forestry and wildlife field offices and visitor centers. Earlier today, the same provisions were put in place for DNR customer service centers and certain field offices.

The Archives of Michigan is closed to walk-in traffic, but will continue to provide service via phone and email. The Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Visitor Center and Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary offices are closed to the public, along with other state museums.

State-managed lands, trails and parks remain open. However, numerous provisions affecting visitor services are being put in place for state parks and recreation areas.

These measures include:

  • The opening of the Silver Lake State Park ORV Area is delayed until May 1.
  • State park headquarters buildings and contact stations are closed to the public.
  • A requirement that a Recreation Passport is needed for state park and recreation area entry has been suspended.
  • Mini-cabins, cabins, yurts, shelters and lodges are closed until May 15.
  • Campgrounds at state parks remain open with visitors using self-check-in via personal phones. Campers should plan ahead to have a reservation before reaching the park. All modern campgrounds become semi-modern with toilet-shower buildings closed. Vault toilets remain open.
  • State Forest Campgrounds remain open with self-registration continued and vault toilets open.
  • At day-use areas and boating access sites, vault toilets are open, no organized events are being held.


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The state is taking proactive steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in reducing the coronavirus risk to Michigan residents.

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