ODNR is Working to Keep Visitors Safe from COVID-19
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 are monitoring the situation closely and doing all we can to protect the public and our staff.
As our state continues to adapt to the changing realities in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is our goal to share changes that may affect your current or future plans to visit our properties.
Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19
Visiting parks, trails, and open spaces are great ways to relieve stress, get some fresh air, and stay active. It’s important to keep safety in mind when you head outdoors this summer. Protect yourself and others from COVID-19 while participating in your favorite outdoor activities by:
- Staying home if you are sick.
- Wearing a mask. Masks are required when you are indoors or when you are outdoors and unable to maintain 6 feet of distance from others.
- Keeping your distance. Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and other visitors.
- Keeping it small. Visitors should only gather with people in their household. Gathering in groups larger than 10 is prohibited.
- Avoiding crowded areas. If a parking lot is full, move on to a different area or come back later. Cars parked illegally on roadways or grassy areas will be ticketed or towed.
- Sanitizing. Bring hand sanitizer with you and use it and/or wash your hands with soap and water before and after you participate in an activity outdoors.
ODNR Operations During the Coronavirus Outbreak
What is open:
Public outdoor spaces at Ohio state parks, wildlife areas, forests, and nature preserves are open with limited exceptions.
Ohio’s State Park lodges and cabins are open and taking extra precautions to keep you safe. Learn more about the measures in place at state park lodge and cabin properties.
State Park campgrounds are open and operating with guidance from the Outdoor Recreation Task Force. View the guidance for campground operators, employees, and campers.
What is closed or canceled:
- All visitor centers and nature centers
- Fire towers
- Group facilities including group rentals and group camps
- Naturalist programs, hikes, and special events at ODNR properties are suspended until further notice
- Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve Visitor Center (Erie County) is closed.
- Magee Marsh Wildlife Area is closed during the week but opens on the weekends (Fridays at 6 pm to Sunday at sunset) for visitors.
ODNR office locations are mostly closed with staff working remotely, but the 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. For more information call 1-877-247-8733 or send an email.
- 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, 8 am to 11:30 am and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm 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 8 am–5 pm or by sending an email.
- All Ohio State Park and Watercraft offices 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 and wildlife area headquarters are closed to the public and all hunter/trapper education courses are to be canceled until further notice. Contact Division of Wildlife.
For more information on COVID 19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov.