Indiana state parks, reservoirs remain open during federal government shutdown

INDIANAPOLIS - Although the government shutdown means a lot of national parks and wildlife refuges are closed to the public, the state wants to make sure Hoosiers can relax in knowing Indiana’s 24 state parks and eight reservoirs remain open.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said Tuesday you can take in the bursts of fall colors at any state park, regardless of the federal government shutdown.

The DNR said there is a state park or reservoir property within (at most) a 1-hour drive of every Hoosier.

As a reminder, activities you can take part in at state parks include:

  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Picnicking
  • Wildlife watching

Daily gate fees for in-state residents at most state parks are $5 per car. Campers are encouraged to plan early, as October is one of the most popular camping months of the year, with autumn- and Halloween-themed events at many sites.

Reservations for overnight camping can be made at or by calling 1-866-6746.

Potential park-goers can find more information at

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