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State recreation facilities in local area to reopen May 1st with restrictions   

State recreation facilities in local area to reopen May 1st with restrictions   

Several State Recreational Areas are among those that will be reopening beginning May first with restrictions.

Those on the list include Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area, Eldon Hazlet State Recreations Area, Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area, and Washington County State Recreation Area.

The reopened sites will be open daily from sunrise until sunset.  Visitors will be allowed to engage in activities such as wildlife observation, hiking, biking, equestrian use, fishing both from the bank and boats and mushroom collecting.   Site visitor centers, campgrounds, playgrounds, beaches, and concessions will remain closed.  There will be no shelter reservations, interpretive educational programs or special events until further notice.

To ensure the safety of all visitors, hunting including spring turkey hunting remains suspended at all IDNR sites.

Visitors to reopened IDNR sites should bring alcohol-based hand sanitizer (containing at least 60-percent alcohol) and face coverings.   You should also practice safe social distancing by keeping at least six feet of distance between yourself and others, stay home if you are sick or feeling any symptoms, visit alone or with members of your household, visit parks that are closest to where you live, if crowds begin forming please move to another area or return another time and cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue then throw the tissue in the trash.  If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper arm or elbow.