Department of Natural Resources
Sept. 28, 2020
Some DNR facilities, including customer service centers, remain closed
As the weather cools and foliage warms to vibrant yellows and reds, there’s plenty to do in Michigan’s great outdoors. From hiking and biking the more than 13,000 miles of picturesque trails spanning both peninsulas to taking fall color tours or camping adventures at state parks, Michigan is open for fall fun.
At the beginning of the coronavirus emergency, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources closed or limited access to many sites and facilities to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of customers, volunteers and staff. Some of those places remain closed, some are open only by appointment, and other activities and locations are fully available to the public. The DNR will continue to evaluate sites and facilities on a case-by-case basis and change open/closed/limited status as needed.
Some activities were never closed, such as day visits to state parks, fishing, hunting and trail use. Michiganders could always enjoy these activities, and still can, while practicing proper safety protocols. Open recreation resources include:
No matter how you choose to enjoy the outdoors, it’s important to protect yourself and others by following simple coronavirus health and safety protocols.
In all locations, stay at least 6 feet from people who aren’t from your household. This includes enclosed spaces, campgrounds, day-use areas and deer check stations.
Wear your face mask. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-147 requires everyone to wear a face covering when in indoor public spaces, including restrooms/shower buildings, contact stations and visitor centers. It also requires the use of face coverings in crowded outdoor spaces when 6 feet of space cannot be maintained.
If you have a fever or respiratory symptoms or just aren’t feeling well, please stay home. In addition, when visiting locations, respect established capacity and safety guidelines.
When visiting shooting ranges, please bring your own materials such as sandbags, spotting scopes, carpet squares and eye and ear protection. These items will no longer be provided due to the difficulty in keeping them sanitized.