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Indiana State Parks Advisories and Closings

The following may include road construction advisories, blue-green algae alerts, park and trail closures, and other notices. Check with the property office for the latest updates.

Several DNR properties are experiencing high use during 2020. Some have reached parking capacity for day use on busy weekends, and gates have been closed, or vehicles admitted only when others leave. For real-time information, follow Indiana State Parks on Twitter (@INDNRstateparks) or (@INdnrstateparksandreservoirs). You may also wish to follow your favorite property on Facebook. View a list of DNR social media accounts.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 to view what is open, closed and canceled.

Blue-green algae

Blue-green algae is found in our lakes year-round. Under certain conditions, cells can reproduce in large numbers, and can result in a harmful algal bloom (HAB). We test many of our beaches where people use the water in the summer, but HABs may occur in other seasons, too. Watch for algae accumulation, avoid drinking or cooking with lake water, and do not allow children or pets to swim where algae accumulation is present. For more information, visit algae.IN.gov or the DNR's web page on blue-green algae.

Brookville Lake advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • BLUE-GREEN ALGAE: Blue-green algae is at the ADVISORY alert level for the beaches at Mounds SRA and Quakertown SRA. Swimming and boating are permitted. Avoid contact with algae. Avoid swallowing water while swimming. Take a bath or shower with warm soapy water after coming in contact with lake water. Do not use lake water for cooking or bathing. Do not allow your pets to swim or drink water where algae are present. Check back for updates. Learn more about blue-green algae.
  • Black Vultures: Birds may damage your vehicle. Learn how.

Brown County State Park advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • FAMILY CAMPGROUND: All RVs and vehicles towing trailers MUST use the park's west entrance on State Road 46 two miles west of Nashville, Indiana. The park's north entrance east of Nashville has a historic Covered Bridge with a 9-foot height clearance and 3-ton weight limit. Oversized vehicles cannot use the north entrance. Horsemen's Campground: For equestrian users, the Horsemen's Campground entrance is on S.R. 135, five miles south of the intersection with S.R. 46.
  • All campground users should note that GPS directions may not always send you to the correct entrances.

Cagles Mill Lake (Lieber SRA) advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • BLUE-GREEN ALGAE: Blue-green algae is at the ADVISORY alert level for the beach at Lieber SRA: Swimming and boating are permitted. Avoid contact with algae. Avoid swallowing water while swimming. Take a bath or shower with warm soapy water after coming in contact with lake water. Do not use lake water for cooking or bathing. Do not allow your pets to swim or drink water where algae are present. Check back for updates. Learn more about blue-green algae.
  • PARK STATUS: Some DNR properties are reaching parking capacity for day use on busy weekends. Gates have been closed, or vehicles admitted only when others leave. For real-time status, follow Indiana State Parks on Twitter (@INDNRstateparks).

Cecil M. Harden Lake (Raccoon SRA) advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • BLUE-GREEN ALGAE: Blue-green algae is at the ADVISORY alert level for the beach at Raccoon Lake: Swimming and boating are permitted. Avoid contact with algae. Avoid swallowing water while swimming. Take a bath or shower with warm soapy water after coming in contact with lake water. Do not use lake water for cooking or bathing. Do not allow your pets to swim or drink water where algae are present. Check back for updates. Learn more about blue-green algae.

Charlestown State Park advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.

Chain O' Lakes State Park advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • Blue-Green Algae: Found in lakes year-round. More information.

Clifty Falls State Park advisories

  • WEEKDAY SOUTH ENTRANCE DETOUR: Due to a hillside reconstruction project, the south entrance gate into Clifty Falls State Park will be closed through Sept. 18, 2020 on weekdays only (Sundays at 10:30 p.m. through Fridays at 3 p.m. eastern time). The south road and entrance gate will be open on weekends, beginning at 3 p.m. Fridays. If traveling to and from Clifty Falls State Park on a weekday through Sept. 18, you must use the north entrance gate on U.S. 62 Mondays through Fridays. For mapping purposes, the address for the north gatehouse is 2221 Clifty Drive, Madison, IN. Signage will be posted at the property as well.
  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • Beginning in early April, S.R. 256 from Austin to Hardy Lake Road will be closed for a road widening project. This project will continue through the summer. From I-65, guests should take the Scottsburg exit (S.R.56), and head east toward Madison. Take S.R. 56 east all the way into Madison to access the park. An alternative route is to take S.R. 56 to S.R. 203 north to reach S.R. 256, then head east to Clifty Falls State Park.

Falls of the Ohio State Park advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • The Falls of the Ohio boat ramp adjacent to the George Rogers Clark Site in Clarksville is CLOSED due to damage from moving high water. There is a ramp at 100-598 Water Street in New Albany, IN for those who want to launch below the Falls. For those who want to launch above Louisville and the Falls, the ramp inside Charlestown State Park is open. Please check back for updates.
  • When traveling to the park on I-65 southbound, use Exit 1 and follow directional signs.

Fort Harrison State Park advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.

Hardy Lake advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a
  • TRAVEL ALERT: From April-November 2020, S.R. 256 will be closed for continued construction between U.S. 31 and S.R. 203. Generally, Hardy Lake visitors coming from the west should take S.R. 56 east through Scottsburg, then north on S.R. 203 to the property.
    However, beginning July 20, 2020 (for approximately two months) work on the intersection of S.R. 256 and S.R. 203 will begin. During that time, Hardy Lake visitors coming from the west should take S.R. 56 through Scottsburg. Head north on S.R. 3. Head west on S.R. 256. Head north on Sunnyside Road (small side road). Head west on Burn Road. Head north on Hardy Lake Road to the property. Please check back for construction phase updates.
  • BLUE-GREEN ALGAE: Blue-green algae is at the ADVISORY alert level for the beach. Swimming and boating is permitted. Avoid contact with algae. Avoid swallowing water while swimming. Take a bath or shower with warm soapy water after coming in contact with lake water. Do not use lake water for cooking or bathing. Do not allow your pets to swim or drink water where algae are present. Check back for updates. Learn more about blue-green algae.

Harmonie State Park advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.

Indiana Dunes State Park advisories

  • PARK STATUS: Some DNR properties are reaching parking capacity for day use on busy weekends. Gates have been closed, or vehicles admitted only when others leave. For real-time status, follow Indiana State Parks on Twitter (@INDNRstateparks).
  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • Trail 2 is currently closed.

Lincoln State Park advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • Blue-Green Algae: Found in lakes year round. More information.

McCormick’s Creek State Park advisories

  • PARK STATUS: Some DNR properties are reaching parking capacity for day use on busy weekends. Gates have been closed, or vehicles admitted only when others leave. For real-time status, follow Indiana State Parks on Twitter (@INDNRstateparks).
  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.

Mississinewa Lake advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • BLUE-GREEN ALGAE: Blue-green algae is at the ADVISORY alert level for the beach at Mississinewa Lake: Swimming and boating are permitted. Avoid contact with algae. Avoid swallowing water while swimming. Take a bath or shower with warm soapy water after coming in contact with lake water. Do not use lake water for cooking or bathing. Do not allow your pets to swim or drink water where algae are present. Check back for updates. Learn more about blue-green algae.

Monroe Lake advisories

  • STATE ROAD 446 CONSTRUCTION: An asphalt resurfacing project will take place mid-June through mid-October 2020. Expect lane closures with flagging at various locations, from 1 mile south of S.R. 46 (Monroe County) to U.S. 50 (Lawrence County). Please use extra caution driving through this area.
  • BLUE-GREEN ALGAE is at the ADVISORY alert level for the beach at MONROE LAKE (Paynetown SRA and Fairfax SRA): Swimming and boating are permitted. Avoid contact with algae. Avoid swallowing water while swimming. Take a bath or shower with warm soapy water after coming in contact with lake water. Do not use lake water for cooking or bathing. Do not allow your pets to swim or drink water where algae are present. Check back for updates. Learn more about blue-green algae.
  • PARK STATUS: Some DNR properties are reaching parking capacity for day use on busy weekends. Gates have been closed, or vehicles admitted only when others leave. For real-time status, follow Indiana State Parks on Twitter (@INDNRstateparks).
  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • Black Vultures: Birds may damage your vehicle. Learn how.

Mounds State Park (Anderson) advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.

O’Bannon Woods State Park advisories

  • OUTDOOR POOL CLOSED: The public outdoor swimming pool is closed for the 2020 summer season.
  • WYANDOTTE CAVES CLOSED: Due to Covid19 restrictions, the little and big Wyandotte caves are currently closed.
  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • Closed: Stagestop Campground and the canoe access ramp. Contact the office with questions.

Ouabache State Park advisories

  • Blue-Green Algae: Found in lakes year round. More information.
  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.

Patoka Lake advisories

  • IMPORTANT NOTICE: A portion of Fishermen’s Campground in Newton-Stewart State Recreation Area will close Sept. 8 to assist Patoka Lake Regional Water & Sewer District (PLRWSD) with replacement of 3,800 feet of water pipeline that runs beneath the lake. The pipeline serves southern Orange County and northern Crawford County.  For safety, because heavy equipment will be used extensively in the area, Fishermen’s Campground campsite numbers 28 - 68 and the youth tent area will close. Fishermen’s Campground and South Lick Fork boat ramps, both in Dubois County, will close Sept. 21 and Sept. 28, respectively. The affected campsites and boat ramps are expected to reopen Oct. 26. All other areas of the property remain open during this time.
  • PARK STATUS: Some DNR properties are reaching parking capacity for day use on busy weekends. Gates have been closed, or vehicles admitted only when others leave. For real-time status, follow Indiana State Parks on Twitter (@INDNRstateparks).
  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • BLUE-GREEN ALGAE: Blue-green algae is at the ADVISORY alert level for the beach. Swimming and boating is permitted. Avoid contact with algae. Avoid swallowing water while swimming. Take a bath or shower with warm soapy water after coming in contact with lake water. Do not use lake water for cooking or bathing. Do not allow your pets to swim or drink water where algae are present. Check back for updates. Learn more about blue-green algae.

Pokagon State Park advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • BLUE-GREEN ALGAE: Blue-green algae is at the ADVISORY alert level for the beach at POKAGON / POTAWATOMI INN (LAKE JAMES): Swimming and boating are permitted. Avoid contact with algae. Avoid swallowing water while swimming. Take a bath or shower with warm soapy water after coming in contact with lake water. Do not use lake water for cooking or bathing. Do not allow your pets to swim or drink water where algae are present. Check back for updates. Learn more about blue-green algae.

Potato Creek State Park advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • MASKS REQUIRED IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS. St. Joseph County, where Potato Creek is located, has issued an order requiring masks to be worn in public buildings to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The St. Joseph County Health Department has extended its mask requirement through Sept. 7. See the county Executive Order here.
  • BLUE-GREEN ALGAE: Blue-green algae is at the ADVISORY alert level for the beach at POTATO CREEK (WORSTER LAKE): Swimming and boating are permitted. Avoid contact with algae. Avoid swallowing water while swimming. Take a bath or shower with warm soapy water after coming in contact with lake water. Do not use lake water for cooking or bathing. Do not allow your pets to swim or drink water where algae are present. Check back for updates. Learn more about blue-green algae.

Prophetstown State Park advisories

  • WRONG DIRECTIONS: Many mapping services (including Google Maps, Mapquest, and Apple Maps are providing incorrect driving directions to the park. Use Exit 178/SR 43 north of Lafayette to access the park. Do not use SR 225. There is no park entrance and the road has a one-lane bridge with a weight restriction.
  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • FLOODING: Parts of Trails 3 and 4 occasionally flood. Use caution and do not cross flooded areas. Do not walk "off-trail" around flooded areas because there are many wetlands. If you encounter flooding, turn around. For up-to-date information about trail status, contact the park office.

Salamonie Lake advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • STATE ROAD 105 BRIDGE CLOSED NORTH OF LOST BRIDGE WEST: The State Road 105 bridge, just north of the property entrance to Lost Bridge West will be closed for major repairs from mid-April through mid-November. Please follow detour signs on your route. Coming into Lost Bridge West from the north on S.R. 105 south, use U.S. 24 east into Huntington, Indiana, to S.R. 9 south to S.R. 124 west, back to S.R. 105 north to the property entrance. Please check back for updates.
  • BLUE-GREEN ALGAE: Blue-green algae is at the ADVISORY alert level for the beach at SALAMONIE LAKE: Swimming and boating are permitted. Avoid contact with algae. Avoid swallowing water while swimming. Take a bath or shower with warm soapy water after coming in contact with lake water. Do not use lake water for cooking or bathing. Do not allow your pets to swim or drink water where algae are present. Check back for updates. Learn more about blue-green algae.

Shades State Park advisories

  • PARK STATUS: Some DNR properties are reaching parking capacity for day use on busy weekends. Gates have been closed, or vehicles admitted only when others leave. For real-time status, follow Indiana State Parks on Twitter (@INDNRstateparks).
  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.

Shakamak State Park advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.

Spring Mill State Park advisories

  • TWIN CAVE GUIDED BOAT TOURS CLOSED: The guided boat tours at Twin Caves are closed for the 2020 season.
  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.

Summit Lake State Park advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • BLUE-GREEN ALGAE: Blue-green algae is at the ADVISORY alert level for the beach at SUMMIT LAKE: Swimming and boating are permitted. Avoid contact with algae. Avoid swallowing water while swimming. Take a bath or shower with warm soapy water after coming in contact with lake water. Do not use lake water for cooking or bathing. Do not allow your pets to swim or drink water where algae are present. Check back for updates. Learn more about blue-green algae.

Tippecanoe River State Park advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.

Turkey Run State Park advisories

  • PARK STATUS: Some DNR properties are reaching parking capacity for day use on busy weekends. Gates have been closed, or vehicles admitted only when others leave. For real-time status, follow Indiana State Parks on Twitter (@INDNRstateparks).
  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.

Versailles State Park advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.

Whitewater Memorial State Park advisories

  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Please visit on.IN.gov/dnrcovid19 for a listing of what is open, closed, restricted and canceled.
  • Black Vultures: Birds may damage your vehicle. Learn more.
  • BLUE-GREEN ALGAE: Blue-green algae is at the ADVISORY alert level for the beach. Swimming and boating is permitted. Avoid contact with algae. Avoid swallowing water while swimming. Take a bath or shower with warm soapy water after coming in contact with lake water. Do not use lake water for cooking or bathing. Do not allow your pets to swim or drink water where algae are present. Check back for updates. Learn more about blue-green algae.