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Coronavirus and parks, camping

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department has closed all state parks and recreation buildings to the public. This includes, but is not limited to, all overnight facilities, museums, visitor and interpretative centers, marinas and comfort stations. The department is also postponing or canceling all interpretive and special events. The campgrounds will also be closed until further notice. Any persons with a reservation that will be affected by this closure will be contacted by department staff and provided the option to move or cancel their reservation.

Day-use facilities at the state parks, including trails and boat ramps, will remain open to the public as of this time. Recreation and natural areas continue to remain open for day-use. Please follow the recommendations put forth by the CDC and remember to stay home if you do not feel well.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has closed all visitor centers and canceled public group tours and events until further notice. It is a preventive measure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The move includes the canceling of tours and visitors to the Garrison Dam Power Plant.

According to a news release issued by the Corps, day use areas, parks and boat ramps that are currently open will remain open at this time. and they urge the public to practice social distancing in those areas.

Campgrounds remain closed for the winter season. Corps of Engineers campgrounds in this area of the state include the Downstream Campground below Garrison Dam, the Wolf Creek Recreation Area Campground, East Totten Trail Campground and Douglas Bay Campground. The Corps says the scheduled opening of campgrounds for the summer recreation season is currently being reviewed.

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