All Ohio state park campgrounds are open, as of May 21, with the exception of Hocking Hills and Maumee Bay state parks. Only campers with existing reservations will be able to resume camping. Walk-in campers will not be accepted at this time.
Overnight visitors may notice that Ohio State Park campgrounds may look different as some facilities will remain closed indefinitely. All guests will be asked to strictly adhere to guidelines developed for camping by the Ohio Department of Health and/or local health departments.
Working with the state Outdoor Recreation Task Force, the following COVID-19 protocols will be in place for visitors:
- Visitors will be asked to cancel reservations if anyone in their group is sick or exhibiting signs of the coronavirus.
- Overnight guests need to practice “self-contained” camping wherever possible as some facilities, such as restrooms and showerhouses, may be limited.
- Only one family household may occupy a campsite. All guests must be registered upon arrival and no visitors or additional vehicle passes will be allowed.
- Trash disposal may be limited so campers are asked to pack additional trash bags and carry out their trash when leaving.
- Please refrain from gathering in groups of more than 10.
- Please leave at least 6 ft. of distance between you and campers from other sites during your entire camping stay.
- If COVID-19 guidelines are disregarded, guests may be asked to leave the campground and forfeit all fees.
- At some facilities, such as marinas, guests may be asked to wear a face covering.
Additionally, campground protocols are also in place for staff, such as:
- Staff will be required to wear face coverings while indoors and interacting with guests, unless they are exempted due to safety concerns, and gloves.
- Whenever possible, check-in procedures will be streamlined to reduce face-to-face interaction.
- Regular maintenance and disinfection schedules will be meticulously followed on all “touch” areas, such as restrooms and waste stations.
Campsites will continue to offer guests fire rings and picnic tables along with vehicle parking. Each campground will offer at least one open restroom, however, some shower houses may be closed.
State park offices are open to customers for phone and email inquiries; however, they will remain closed to foot traffic.