Michigan DNR updates opening dates and modifications for public outdoor recreation sites | Coronavirus

To help slow the spread of the coronavirus and carry out Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s extended “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order through May 15, the Department of Natural Resources has updated expected opening dates and available amenities at many of its public outdoor recreation sites and facilities.

Most state parks and recreation areas and state-managed trails and boating access sites remain open to provide local opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, but social distancing is key. Federal and state health officials consistently have said that keeping at least 6 feet away from those outside your household is vital to containing the virus spread.

Proposed facility reopening dates are based on the updated stay-at-home executive order that ends May 15 and are staggered to allow for proper preparation. Details on closures and changes in services, as well as frequently asked questions, are available on the DNR’s COVID-19 response webpage at Michigan.gov/DNR.

The changes and planned public opening dates include the following, but further changes to the EO could affect these plans:

Ron Olson, chief of the DNR Parks and Recreation Division, said he and his staff are eager to welcome back campers and visitors, but proper safety precautions and maintenance work must happen first.

“We know millions of residents are eager to return to state parks and recreation areas, and we will be here to serve them and make their visits as enjoyable as possible, but we have to open the right way and be certain that facilities and sites are clean, safe and ready to accommodate everyone,” Olson said.


To prepare state-managed parks, trails and boating facilities, many important tasks must be completed once nonessential work is permitted. The department anticipates staff can start work May 15 once the stay-at-home order is lifted; prep work is expected to take roughly five weeks. Duties include:

  • Acquiring drinking water permits from county health departments.
  • Opening bathrooms.
  • Hiring and training seasonal staff.
  • Ensuring sanitation systems are running efficiently.
  • Making progress on infrastructure needs.
  • Other operational duties.


Camping and overnight lodging reservations for dates between May 15 and June 21 have been canceled, but the following reimbursement options are available:

  • Request to change reservation dates to later in the season (pending availability within the reservation booking window) and earn a free night for that time period. No reservation fees or cancellation/modification fees will be charged. Reservation holders who want this option must contact the call center at 800-447-2757 by May 15 at 8 p.m.
  • Choose a full refund to automatically be applied to original payment method, including the reservation fee. Reservation holders DO NOT need to take any action; all remaining reservations will automatically be canceled after May 15, and an email will be sent when the refund is completed. No cancellation/modification fees will be charged.

In addition, reservation holders whose camping reservations for stays between March 23 and May 15 were canceled due to COVID-19 are eligible

PA Outdoor Recreation Plan

Applications for the 2020 Community Conservation Partnership Program grant round should reference the 2014-2019 Pennsylvania Outdoor Recreation Plan Executive Summary (PDF).

The 2020 grant application round closes Wednesday, April 22.

Every five years, states across the nation are required to produce a new statewide recreation plan to help guide their recreation policies, programs, and investments.

The plan is needed to remain eligible for federal grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which are used to:

  • Build parks and historic sites

  • Conserve forests, rivers, lakes, and wildlife habitat

  • Provide access to recreation, hunting, and fishing

Pennsylvania has benefitted from more than $178 million in funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund for projects across the commonwealth during the last 55 years.

2020-2024 Statewide Outdoor Recreation Plan

While Pennsylvania is still implementing the recommendations and action of its
2014 Outdoor Recreation Plan, DCNR has begun the process of developing its 2020-2024 plan, which is expected to be released in the spring of 2020.

A 39-member
Technical Advisory Committee (PDF) of state agencies and organizations who can bring resources to the planning, funding, and implementation of the plan, has helped develop
Draft 2020-2024 Statewide Outdoor Recommendations and Actions (PDF), containing 20 recommendations and nearly 100 action items for future outdoor recreation planning.

Public Participation in Developing Plan

Public participation is a vital component of the development of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Recreation Plan.

With each plan, research is conducted to gather feedback and insight of Pennsylvania residents, recreation enthusiasts, and those that provide outdoor recreation services and facilities.

Fall and Spring Lion Polls

During the fall of 2018 and spring of 2019, the Penn State Center for Survey Research conducted two Lion Polls to understand outdoor recreation patterns and opinions regarding future recreation land conservation, facility development and management.

Summary of Fall 2018 Lion Poll (PDF)
Summary of Spring 2019 Lion Poll (PDF)

Local Recreation Provider Survey

More than 1,000 recreation providers, including local appointed officials, local elected officials, and park and recreation directors, responded to a survey gauging outdoor recreation services in their local communities and the challenges they face.

Summary of Local Recreation Provider Survey (PDF)

Public Online Survey

An online survey was conducted during May and June 2019 to capture the thoughts and opinions of everyday Pennsylvanians who did not have an opportunity to answer the other surveys, but had an interest in outdoor recreation. A total of 8,676 people responded.

Summary of Public Online Survey (PDF)

Focus Groups

Two focus groups of Latino and Black Pennsylvanians were conducted to garner opinions from two groups that are underrepresented in other survey methods used by DCNR.

Summary of Focus Group Sessions (PDF)

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Partners protect habitat and expand outdoor recreation | News

We know from experience that maintaining permanent vegetative cover along the shorelines of rivers, streams and lakes leads to higher quality water and wildlife habitat. That’s why conservation groups are working with public partners and landowners to protect land along the Cannon River.

Thanks to the collaborative work of the Trust for Public Land, Goodhue County, and the Cannon River Watershed Partnership, the Minnesota DNR will add 205 acres to the Cannon River Turtle Preserve Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) and the Cannon Valley Trail will add 9 acres to this public trail system. The effort will help protect habitat important for turtles, such as Blanding’s turtle, one of southeast Minnesota’s rarest turtle species. It will also provide opportunities for wildlife-based recreation including hiking, hunting, fishing, bird-watching, and nature observation.

The addition of these newly protected lands is the outcome of people working together to achieve a shared vision for land stewardship. “This land protection project is emblematic of the great work The Trust for Public Land is doing with partners to protect lands along the Cannon River,” said DJ Forbes, Project Manager for The Trust for Public Land. According to Forbes, by coordinating with and responding to the priorities of the MN DNR, Goodhue County and the Cannon Valley Trail, land with exceptional natural resource value and immense outdoor recreation opportunities has been protected for Minnesotans to utilize and enjoy.

“This is an excellent opportunity for young and old to be a part of nature and protect the areas for future citizens to enjoy,” said Brad Anderson Goodhue County District 2 Commissioner and Cannon River Watershed Partnership Board Member. “The coordinated efforts of the organizations is the best way to acquire and protect these sensitive areas right outside our back doors,” he said.

The Cannon River, one of Minnesota’s seven Wild and Scenic designated rivers, flows through the newly protected land near its confluence with the Mississippi River in Red Wing. The land is primarily made up of floodplain forest, yet it also has steep slopes and prairie habitat high above the Cannon River. It also includes a calcareous fen, one of Minnesota’s rarest wetland types.

The Cannon Valley Trail also passes through this newly protected property. The beautiful 19.7-mile Cannon Valley Trail connects the cities of Cannon Falls, Welch and Red Wing, providing great opportunities to walk, run, and bike. According to CVT Manager Scott Roepke, a ‘Cultural Heritage’ park, planned for this new 9-acre parcel, will allow trail visitors to explore a unique flat-topped archeological mound and other culturally significant sites.

The 205-acre addition to the Cannon River Turtle Preserve SNA, which was funded by the Outdoor Heritage Fund, increases the SNA in size by nearly 25% and continues the protection of this dynamic environment. This SNA contains southern terrace floodplain and maple-basswood forest, oak-hickory woodland, and prairie with ongoing prairie reconstructions that look down on the Cannon River. This land is critical habitat for the “threatened” Blanding’s Turtle. The MN DNR’s SNA Program protects the best

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Monday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
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Outdoor Recreation is a one-stop shop for all outdoor adventure enthusiasts. ODR offers a variety of programs including hiking, hunting, archery, boating and special day trips throughout the year. With an extensive equipment list, equipment issue is offered year-round for parties, camping trips, cookouts, and organization day events. Live or frozen bait can be purchased to take advantage of the great fishing location along the Potomac River.  Parks and pavilions can be reserved for large gatherings and family picnics. 

Outdoor Recreation offers a RV park, travel trailers, tent camping, a rustic cabin and the Thermo Con House for guests to rent and relax right in Fort Belvoir. The Travel Camp is in a perfect location along the shore of the Potomac River. There are 52 full hook-up, 40-foot RV spaces available for rent. Castle Park, two fishing piers and Accotink Wildlife Refuge hiking trails are all within walking distance.

View the Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge Trail Map.


Jon Boats with Electric Motors. Details located in Equipment Issue tab below.

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Travel Campers. Details located in Equipment Issue tab below. 

Coachman Viking 17BH Travel Trailer.

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Coachman V12RBST HW Camping Trailer



BEL_ODR_Rustic Cabin Front.jpgThe Rustic Cabin is now available for rent! Visit the Recreational Lodging and Travel Camp Page for the details.

Facility Overview

Outdoor Recreation offers equipment issue and a variety of programs such as hiking groups, hunting, archery, fishing and special day trips throughout the year.

Outdoor Recreation is home to an RV Travel Camp available for a day, weekend, or week-long getaways and also has various parks and pavilions available for rent for family picnics or large gatherings.

Outdoor Recreation has added to the ice, bait and ice cream resale items, and has begun selling a new array of snacks and beverages for Tompkins basin patrons to enjoy. Come on down and visit the new space!

Experience nature and hike the Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge. View the Trail Map.

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Basketball/Football/Soccer Ball/Volleyball/Kickball  $2  $3 $5
Softball Set (9 Gloves, 3 Bats, 3 Balls, 4 Bases, 1 Mask) $10 $15 $20
Disc Golf Set (3 Baskets & 9 Discs) $10 $15 $20
Bubble Ball Suit (Set of 2) $25 $50 $75
Jousting Sticks $25 $50 $75
Horseshoe Set

Oregon making plans to reopen outdoor recreation areas

SALEM, Ore. — Now comes the difficult part.

It’s been almost exactly a month since an unprecedented shutdown of the state’s outdoor recreation sites to contain the spread of novel coronavirus.

Few measures have been more controversial than the closure of boat ramps, trailheads and state parks. And with COVID-19 cases stabilizing and talk of reopening the state in the headlines, Oregonians are clamoring to get back to the beaches and forests.

President Donald Trump offered tantalizing news on Wednesday, announcing that “in line with my administration’s guidelines for opening up America again, we will begin to reopen our national parks and public lands for the American people to enjoy.” 

But conversations with land managers across Oregon indicates that action is just beginning. None of the closed areas have yet reopened.

Oregon officials said the soonest they’ll have a plan in place to reopen recreation sites, such as state parks, is the first week of May. And it won’t happen all at once. 

A committee is being formed that will plan how and when to reopen the state’s recreation sites, likely following a tiered system. Mayors and Commissioners of towns on the Oregon Coast are meeting next week as well. 

“We need three things: park rules that reduce the transmission of coronavirus, staff who are trained and equipped to serve the public safely, and local community support for a limited opening of state parks,” Oregon Parks and Recreation Department spokesman Chris Havel said. “People just need to sit tight until May.” 

Havel said Oregon’s state parks system would reopen day-use first, followed by camping “when the larger social conditions are right,” he said. 

“We don’t yet know which places will be re-opened first, or what kind of limited services they will offer when they do,” Havel said. 

The most complex place for reopening will likely be the Oregon Coast. 

“Because the coast is such a vacuum for tourists, recreational openings will have to be incremental and coordinated,” Warrenton Mayor Henry Balensifer said. “I do know many parts of the state are eyeing the coast for how to manage reopening in a tourist-heavy area. It will be tricky for sure.”

Federal officials, who manage Oregon’s vast national forests and desert lands, said they’re likely to reopen in stages as well. For example, facilities in more remote parts of the state could reopen sooner.

But closures are unlikely to lift until Oregon Gov. Kate Brown alters her “stay home, save lives” executive order.

“As Oregon lifts stay-at-home executive orders, we will be working with state and local health agencies to transition Forest Service operations and services as local conditions warrant,” Forest Service spokesman Jon Mcmillan said.

Oregon’s outdoor closures have sparked widespread frustration with hundreds of people entering closed areas, risking citations from police. The primary gripe is that there’s little evidence the coronavirus spreads in an outdoor environment the way it does indoors, and that it’s hypocritical to keep golf courses open while closing remote trailheads. 


Inslee says elective surgeries, outdoor recreation and some construction could restart as Washington begins to recover from coronavirus

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday evening announced a road map for reopening Washington’s economy that could soon allow the return of some elective surgeries, outdoor recreation and certain construction projects.

In a 5 p.m. televised public address, Inslee didn’t say when the stay-at-home order — scheduled to lift at the end of the day on May 4 — might start to be rolled back. The plan would only move forward, he said, once cases of the new coronavirus have fallen enough that the state is able to manage future outbreaks.

But Inslee said that data on cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, was beginning to look favorable.

If that continues, Inslee said, elective surgeries could begin again soon, as well as some outdoor recreation. Meanwhile, the governor’s office has agreed upon a plan with the construction industry and labor unions, “allowing limited return to construction with safety measures in place,” he said.

“We can modify some of these restrictions in the coming weeks, if the health modeling holds up,” Inslee said. But, “The health of Washingtonians is our top priority.”

The governor has said at least some restrictions are likely to stay in place longer than May 4.

Inslee’s three-part plan includes massive statewide testing, teams of workers performing contact tracing, resources for mental health and homelessness and a phased-in reopening of certain businesses while continuing social distancing.

The plan would make sure the state could quickly tamp down new outbreaks of COVID-19, reopen the economy in phases and help workers and businesses recover from the economic downturn.

The governor has emphasized that his decision to lift temporary restrictions such as the stay-at-home order — which shuttered thousands of businesses and maintained a ban on large gatherings — will be driven by public health data. One of the key indicators will be if the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to trend down over time.

As of Tuesday, there were 12,282 cases of COVOD-19 in Washington, including 682 deaths.

The plan envisions rapid and wide-scale testing across the state, as well as a surge in contact tracing. The state Department of Health (DOH) is working with county public health agencies to create a plan for extensive contact tracing, in which staff track down those who had direct contact with people who test positive for the coronavirus.

Inslee described the 1,500 people being brought on to do contact tracing — a mix of state and local health workers, members of the National Guard and volunteers — as a “rapid response” team. They could start operating by the second week of May, he added.

State officials aren’t saying yet how much it will cost. At a news briefing earlier in the day the governor’s chief of staff, David Postman, only said that Inslee told him to “go big, be aggressive and find people where you can get them.”

To successfully reopen, the state ultimately needs to be able to conduct between 20,000 and 30,000 tests daily for the

Portland State Campus Rec | Outdoor Program

Outdoor Trips | Equipment Rental | Climbing Center | Become a Trip Leader | FAQs

Decorative Text: "Portland State Outdoor Program - 1966-2016. 50 years of student-led adventure.

Since 1966, the Outdoor Program has been helping PSU students access and enjoy the outdoors. Whether you want a day of exploration and adventure or to learn a new outdoor skill, come join the ODP in exploring the wild side of Oregon.


505 SW Harrison Street 
Portland, Oregon 97201
(SW 5th and Harrison) 

Hours : Winter Term
M – F | 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Phone : 503.725.5668
Email : odp@pdx.edu

Upcoming Closures

  • The Rec Center facility is closed until further notice. This includes the Climbing Center, Outdoor Program office, and Equipment Rental Center.

Upcoming Events

All Campus Rec programs and events are canceled until further notice. 


Equipment Rental Center

Need gear to get outside? We’ve got it ready for you at prices you can afford.  Take advantage of your student fees and come down to the Outdoor Program Equipment Center and get just the right gear for your own adventure.

Camping and Backpacking | Climbing and Mountaineering | Skiing and Snowshoes | Raft Packages & Accessories | Kayak/SUP Packages & Accessories | Water Sports Clothing

ODP trip participants paddle in a boat.Visit the Rental Center page for upcoming gear rental specials, equipment rental price information, and our rental policies. 




Climbing Center

The Climbing Center wall is a Nicros traversing, bouldering and climbing wall. The wall is 32 feet high and bouldering is allowed up to 14 feet. The floor surface is a Surface America PlayBound Surface, which is made of 100% post-consumer recycled tire rubber. The Climbing Center is open for bouldering during all building hours. The use of ropes is allowed during staffed hours only.



A member climbs our climbing wall.Bouldering is climbing without ropes. We offer fourteen feet of bouldering along the entire length of our wall and the wall is open for bouldering during all open Rec Center hours.

In order to boulder:

  • See Member Services to watch the Climbing orientation video or watch it on YouTube.
  • Pass the climbing quiz, taken at Member Services
  • Use your PSU photo ID or government-issued ID to check out a climbing wristband and any other climbing gear from Equipment Checkout.
  • Return your wristband and gear to Equipment Checkout when you are finished climbing. Equipment rentals are FREE.

Every time you decide to climb:

Please check out a Bouldering wristband, available at the Equipment Checkout Window. Shoes are also available to check out for free.


Top-RopingA pair of hands tie a rope at the climbing wall.

Top-roping is a style in climbing which utilizes a harness and a rope as well as a climbing partner to manage the rope. While on a rope, climbers can reach the very top of our wall. Top-rope is only allowed during staffed hours.

How to top-rope?

We have many different classes to suit all skill levels. View our scheduled classes and activities.


Belay Class

Belaying is the act of managing the rope while a climber is climbing. Belaying is an essential component of safe climbing practices, and learning how to belay correctly opens many

State Parks & Outdoor Recreation


Please Donate

Welcome to Illinois State Parks’ web site that provides conservation and preservation enthusiasts from around the globe an opportunity to support these Illinois treasures. We are thankful you have chosen to follow the thousands of people that have demonstrated an interest in supporting our mission. Your donation will help ensure that State Parks, State Recreation Areas and State Fish and Wildlife Areas around Illinois are preserved for generations to come.


Every effort will be made to keep your donation directed for the benefit of the site designated. For more information as to the particular project or goal for which your donation will be utilized, please contact the Site manager at the phone number provided for that particular Site on our webpage. In the event you cannot reach a particular site, you may contact the Illinois Department of Natural Resources 217-782-6302 for more information. Thank you for making the sustainability of Illinois State Parks’ a priority and benefactor of your generosity.


This fund accepts checks and credit cards. Please make checks payable to DNR- (Name Specific Park recipient).

On the memo of your check, please indicate which State Park, SRA or SFWA you would like your donation to be directed. As stated above, your contribution will be directed for the benefit of the site designated. Checks should be sent to:


Department of Natural Resources
OLM- Parks and Recreation
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, IL 62702-1271


If you wish to claim this donation as a charitable contribution for tax reporting purposes, please visit this
IRS site.


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Outdoor Recreation | Hunting



Please take our annual survey to help us in improving management in state public hunting areas. This is an opportunity for you, the hunting public, to provide important information to guide decision-making and management. View the Public Lands Hunting Information Survey Report from 2016 (click here) and 2017 (click here). 

The new edition of Go Hunt Hawai‘i, a quarterly newsletter, is now available from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife.

Sign up here to stay up to date with our hunting-related announcements, news and to receive future editions of our newsletter, Go Hunt Hawai‘i.


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Hunting Licenses

Hunting in Hawaii requires a hunting license whether you hunt on public or private land. How to obtain a hunting license in Hawai‘i. In order to purchase a Hawai‘i Hunting License, you must possess one of the following documents:

  • a Hawai‘i Hunter Education Wallet Card; or
  • a Letter of Exemption, which may be completed online –click here .

Hawai‘i Hunter Education Wallet Cards are issued to graduates of our basic Hunter Education course and you may use it to purchase a Hawai‘i Hunting License directly from a license agent at various retail locations throughout the state. You may also purchase your Hawai‘i Hunting License online.

Letters of Exemption are issued free to those who have an out-of-state hunter education card or a Hawai‘i Hunting License issued prior to July 1, 1990. 

If you’re a nonresident without a hunter education card, contact your local hunter education office and find out how, when, and where to enroll in a hunter education course in your home state/province. Once you get your hunter education certificate, you may go online to our Hunting License Application website and complete the non-resident Letter of Exemption form online. Once your form is processed you will receive a email with procedures to follow that will allow you to purchase a Hawaii hunting license.

If you are a nonimmigrant alien and wish to temporarily import firearms and ammunition into the United States, please read these FAQs by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

If you are a disabled hunter, please review the vehicle permit application and the cross-bow permit application.

Unfortunately, many hunters don’t plan or research their hunting trips before traveling to Hawai‘i and are turned away at the license agent’s counter because they were unaware of this license requirement. As always, with any hunting trip, know before you go!

Google Earth .KMZ files are also available for download here. KMZ is a file format used to display geographic data in an Earth browser. To utilize these files you will need to download Google Earth on to your mobile device or desktop. These files will provide layers displaying Hunting Units, Na Ala Hele Trails, and State Managed Lands.

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Camping prohibited on Marinette County-owned land, other outdoor recreation remains available with restrictions

MARINETTE COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) – Marinette County officials have announced changes to its outdoor recreation plan due to the coronavirus public health emergency.

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According to a Tuesday release, officials are asking those who do not own property in Marinette County, or do not live close enough to travel to the county for a day, to “reconsider visiting Marinette County at this time.”

Marinette County parks will open on May 1, but restrooms and playground facilities will remain closed for the safety of those using the facilities and those cleaning the facilities.

Related: Wisconsin Campgrounds considered essential housing, allowed to open

All camping, lodges, and cabins within the parks will remain closed until further notice. Anyone with a reservation may cancel the reservation without penalty and receive a refund for the reservation fee. If you do not cancel your reservation, county officials say you will receive a refund if the facility is closed at the time of your reservation.

While camping on Marinette County-owned forest lands is prohibited until further notice, all other activities allowed on county land are allowed at this time. Trails to waterfalls will remain open, as will county-owned boat landings.

Related: Waushara, Green Lake, and Marquette counties close campgrounds

All ATV/UTV trails will open on May 1, weather permitting. Marinette County says that many, if not all, of the businesses which support trail users are closed.

Those planning on visiting Marinette County are asked to:

  • Stay home (self-quarantine) if you’re not feeling well.
  • Return to your place of residence if you become ill.
  • Bring enough food and other supplies with you for the extent of your stay.
  • Limit your stops at gas stations and grocery stores while in the County.
  • Practice good hygiene by washing and sanitizing hands often.
  • Plan accordingly, public restroom facilities are limited.

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Marinette County staff say they will continue to monitor the use of county properties. If it is determined that these properties are being improperly used or it becomes necessary to close these properties to have an impact on preventing the spread of coronavirus, additional closures may occur. If you are relocating to the area please bring enough food and supplies with you to allow you to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days.


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