The Journal Gazette
Saturday, May 09, 2020 1:00 am

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State parks begin charging gate fees

Some Department of Natural Resources properties will resume entry fees today, reopening some trails and restrooms, too.

Turkey Run, Shades and Indiana Dunes state parks, and Deam Lake and Starve Hollow state recreation areas, will restart those activities today. All other DNR properties will resume charging entrance fees no later than May 15.

A full breakdown of entrance and other fees is at

According to a DNR press release: Equestrian and mountain bike trails will open Monday for day use only; because not all restrooms will be open before May 15, visitors should come prepared for restricted access; nature centers and historic facilities on state parks properties will open next week, though hours may be reduced and social distancing may limit the number of visitors allowed; marinas will open with limited operations.

A complete status list for facilities and services at DNR properties is at

The DNR says visitors will have to practice social distancing as they hike, picnic or use boat ramps; group sizes should be kept small, ideally less than 25 people. Visitors will need to bring their own drinking water and coverings for picnic tables. And they should not visit the parks if they have a fever.

– Journal Gazette

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