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State Park Closings For COVID-19

Updated: Apr 16, 2020

COVID-19 is changing the way people live across the globe. We have all had to make lifestyle changes because of it, but as the number of cases in the United States continues to rise more regulations are being put into place that go as far as restricting fishing.


Most states are reducing services to their parks at the very least and because of this it is important to bring your own hygiene items such as soap or sanitary wipes. It is also important to bring out whatever trash you bring in since there will be reduced trash pickup services in most places. Social distancing by at least 6 feet is a common theme across all parks, but here is a list of specific statuses and stipulations for each state. Click the link on states you are interested in for more info.

Alabama:



State parks: Open Stipulations: No groups larger than 10 people and social distance is required

Alaska:



State parks: Open Stipulations: No groups larger than 10 people and social distance is required

Arizona:



State Parks: Open Stipulations: No gatherings and the amount of people on trails may be limited

Arkansas:



State Parks: Open Stipulations: Some areas may be closed and the amount of visitors will be limited.


California:


State Parks: Mostly Closed Stipulations: No vehicle access to the parks and restricted activities available to local visitors

Colorado:


State Parks: Open Stipulations: Only visit parks local to you and social distancing is required


Connecticut:

State Parks: Mostly Open Stipulations: No groups greater than 5


Delaware:

State Parks: Open Stipulations: Parks are free entry until April 30th

Florida:


State Parks: Closed Stipulations: Closed on March 23rd until further notice


Georgia:


State Parks: Open Stipulations: Practice social distancing

Hawaii:


State Parks: Mostly Closed Stipulations: Social distancing required at any remaining parks


Idaho:

State Parks: Open Stipulations: No groups larger than 10 people and social distancing is required

Illinois:


State Parks: Closed Stipulations: Fishing and wildlife areas are closed, but the governor's office put out a statement stating "As long as our sportsmen and women are fishing or hunting at a site which is currently open and they have the appropriate licenses and permits, they may continue to hunt and fish during the stay at home order."


Indiana:

State Parks: Open Stipulations: Fishing tournaments are canceled

Iowa:

State Parks: Open Stipulations: Practice social distancing


Kansas:

State Parks: Open Stipulations: No group gatherings Kentucky:



State Parks: Open Stipulations: Practice social distancing


Louisiana:


State Parks: Open Stipulations: Practice social distancing


Maine:


State Parks: Mostly Closed Stipulations: When spending time at open state parks practice social distancing

Maryland:


State Parks: Open Stipulations: FISHING IS PROHIBITED, unless you are legally catching fish as food

Massachusetts:

State Parks: Open Stipulations: Practice social distancing


Michigan:


State Parks: Open Stipulations: Practice social distancing


Minnesota:

State Parks: Open Stipulations: Practice social distancing Mississippi:


State Parks: Closed Stipulations: Closure from April 3rd until further notice


Missouri:


State Parks: Mostly Open Stipulations: Parking lots will be closed when they reach capacity


Montana:

State Parks: Mostly Open Stipulations: Some fishing piers may be closed


Nebraska:


State Parks: Open Stipulations: Community fishing is listed under canceled events

Nevada:


State Parks: Mostly Open Stipulations: Practice social distancing


New Hampshire:

State Parks: Open Stipulations: Groups of less than 10 people

New Jersey:


State Parks: Closed Stipulations: Closed until further notice


New Mexico:

State Parks: Closed Stipulations: Closure lasts until April 30th unless extension of the closure is needed

New York:


State Parks: Open Stipulations: Some parks will have limited parking

North Carolina:


State Parks: Mostly Closed Stipulations: Practice social distancing

North Dakota:



State Parks: Open Stipulations: Practice social distancing

Ohio:



State Parks: Mostly Open Stipulations: Some parking areas may be limited

Oklahoma:



State Parks: Mostly Open Stipulations: Chickasaw Park, a quality fishing spot, has restrictions


Oregon:

State Parks: Closed Stipulations: Closed from May 23rd until further notice


Pennsylvania:

State Parks: Open Stipulations: It is recommended to not visit areas more than 15 minutes from one’s home.


Rhode Island:

State Parks: Closed Stipulations: Closed from April 3rd until further notice, but State management areas are open


South Carolina:

State Parks: Closed Stipulations: Closed from May 28th to April 30th unless the closure must be extended

South Dakota:


State Parks: Open Stipulations: There may be some minor changes to fishing/hunting seasons

Tennessee:


State Parks: Closed Stipulations: No estimated reopening date


Texas:

State Parks: Closed Stipulations: Fishing is still encouraged close to home and outside of the parks

Utah:


State Parks: Open Stipulations: Open only to local county residents with restrictions


Vermont:

State Parks: Mostly Open Stipulations: Some high traffic areas may be closed


Virginia:

State Parks: Open Stipulations: Beaches are closed with the exception of exercise and fishing.

Washington:


State Parks: Closed Stipulations: this is including water access areas and is in effect until May 4th


West Virginia:

State Parks: Open Stipulations: Some high traffic areas will be closed


Wisconsin:

State Parks: Mostly closed Stipulations: There may be some changes to fishing/hunting seasons


Wyoming:

State Parks: Open Stipulations: There may be some changes to fishing/hunting seasons

As the status of the COVID-19 crisis changes so does the state park statuses and fishing regulations. Check the links for states you are interested in to stay up to date and even call their help number if you are unsure. We hope this helps! Stay safe, tight lines!

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