DNR campgrounds filling up

Staff Reports

Whether it represents a response to being freed from COVID-19 pandemic lock-down or not, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources announced citizens are making reservations at campgrounds at a rate usually seen only over holidays.

The advance bookings for this weekend are higher than the norm. While some locales are full, there are spots at other parks. In all cases, it is recommended patrons make reservations ahead of time wherever they hope to go.

Online reservations for camping spots can be made until 2 p.m. on the day of the planned visit. Walk-in registration is also allowed.

First-come, first-served spots that are described as “primitive,” meaning no electricity, are available at Greene-Sullivan, Yellowwood and Morgan-Monroe state forests.

In addition, such sites are generally available at Glendale, J.E. Roush Lake and Willow Slough fish and wildlife areas.

The busier-than-usual demand for this time of year indicates potential visitors should plan ahead. Even single-day users are subject to being turned away based on the number of parking spots taken.

Information on park use will be posted on DNR/State Parks on Twitter and the DNR’s property pages on Facebook for real time updates.

A regional beach parking update includes the status of Indiana Dunes State Park through an informational line at 219-395-1003.

Reservations for state park inns and cabins can be made at Indianainns.com or through 1-877-563-4371.