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ODNR Operations During Coronavirus
ODNR Operations During Coronavirus

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources continues to operate in accordance with guidance from the Ohio Department of Health and Governor Mike DeWine in the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Ohio. We want to assure our visitors that we are monitoring the situation closely and doing all we can to protect the public and our staff.

Discover the Outdoors Online with Our Experts

If you can’t visit one of our properties in person, we have amazing video resources to connect you to the natural, historical, and cultural assets of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Explore the links on our Field Notes YouTube Playlist to learn more about the wonders you can find in Ohio’s great outdoors.

What is Open

Public outdoor spaces at Ohio state parks, wildlife areas, forests and nature preserves remain open, including trails, dog parks, and docks with a few exceptions:

  • Hocking Hills State Park is closed. This closure includes Ash Cave, Cantwell Cliffs, Cedar Falls, Old Man’s Cave, Rock House and Whispering Cave. This closure also includes Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve and several areas at the Hocking State Forest (trails, rock climbing and rappelling area, fire tower area, and day-use bridle areas).
  • Magee Marsh Wildlife Area is closed.
  • The boardwalks at Maumee Bay State Park and at Punderson State Park are closed.

We’ve assembled a list of beautiful hiking trails that may be new to you. If you head out, use common sense, adhere to social distancing guidance, and remember to plan ahead – restrooms and other facilities are closed at Ohio Department of Natural Resources properties statewide. trails.ohiodnr.gov/trail-highlights

Find the Latest on "What is Open" at Ohio State Parks

What is Limited

  • Parking. If a parking area is full or a parking lot is blocked, move on. Cars parked on roadways or grass will be ticketed.
  • Trout stockings will continue this spring but events associated with stockings have been canceled.
  • Shooting Ranges. Class A shooting ranges are closed. All other shooting ranges are open at this time.
  • If you wish to access Army Corps of Engineers properties, please check their websites for the latest information. Some Army Corps properties are not accessible at this time

What is Closed

  • Most restrooms and all shower houses. Please plan accordingly.
  • State Park Lodges: Burr Oak, Deer Creek, Geneva, Hueston Woods, Maumee Bay, Mohican, Punderson, Salt Fork, and Shawnee
  • All visitor centers and nature centers
  • Playgrounds
  • Fire towers
  • Group facilities, including shelter houses, group rentals, group camps
  • Naturalist programs, hikes, and special events at ODNR properties are suspended through June 1
  • Property Closures:
    • Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve Visitor Center (Erie County) is closed.
    • Hocking Hills State Park is closed. This closure includes Ash Cave, Cantwell Cliffs, Cedar Falls, Old Man’s Cave, Rock House, and Whispering Cave. This closure also includes Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve and several areas at the Hocking State Forest (trails, rock climbing, and rappelling area, fire tower area, and day-use bridle areas).
    • Magee Marsh Wildlife Area is closed.
    • The boardwalks at Maumee Bay State Park and at Punderson State Park are closed.
  • ODNR office locations are closed, but ODNR staff is still here to assist you:
    • All Division of Forestry office locations and state forest office sites are closed to the public until further notice. All fire towers are closed. Hocking State Forest closures additionally include all trails, rock climbing and rappelling areas, and day-use bridle areas. For more information call 1-877-247-8733.
    • All Division of Geological Survey office locations, including the Horace Collins Lab are closed to the public until further notice. For more information call 614-265-6576 Monday through Friday, 8am to 11:30am and 1:00pm to 4:30pm or by sending an email.
    • All Division of Mineral Resource Management office locations are closed to the public until further notice. For more information call 614-265-6633 or by sending an email.
    • All Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management offices are closed to the public until further notice. Staff is available by phone at (614) 265-6922 Monday through Friday 8am–5pm or by sending an email.
    • All Ohio State Park and Watercraft offices, visitor centers, and nature centers are closed to the public. Staff is available by phone and email to respond to questions regarding local facilities, as well as current and new reservations.
    • All Division of Wildlife district offices, visitor centers, and wildlife area headquarters are closed to the public and all hunter/trapper education courses are to be canceled until further notice.