Spending time in the outdoors is beneficial to our overall health and wellness. Now more than ever, we understand the public’s need to enjoy the benefits of nature. As a result, the Department plans to operate wildlife areas to provide recreational opportunities while keeping the public and Department staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We intend to keep areas open as long as visitors implement required health and safety practices.
Please continue to check the Department’s website for updates. You may consult the Department’s Closure Page for the most up to date information.
The Department has implemented the following procedures for public and staff health and safety. Please remember the Department may need to update these provisions to ensure consistency with the latest state and local guidelines and directives.
Health and Safety/Sanitation
- Please consider conducting a home health screening (Symptom Screener) before visiting a wildlife area/refuge for hunting or other recreational purposes.
- All staff and members of the public are required to wear masks and maintain a minimum of six feet distance from others while conducting check station business and participating in recreational programs, including hunting.
- Staff and the public are encouraged to practice appropriate hand hygiene.
- Most non-portable restrooms will be closed to the public. Portable restrooms will be provided.
- Handwashing and/or hand sanitizer stations will be provided near all restrooms. Please bring your own supplies for use in areas where stations are not available.
- Please consider bringing your own cleaning supplies to pre-clean and post-clean portable restrooms and blinds
- Please plan to carry out your own trash
- Consistent with the lifting of Governor’s Regional Stay Home Order, camping activities on Fish and Wildlife lands resumed effective February 1, 2021 for areas where camping is permitted.