The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has announced that starting Friday they will be closing all campgrounds and lodging at state parks through April 30.
In addition to the campgrounds, all concessionaire-related facilities will be closed along with all bathroom and shower facilities.
State Parks themselves will be open for day-use areas, boat ramps, and trails.
While campgrounds are being closed, the Department of Conservation is doing something to help give Missourians something to do during the outbreak that doesn’t violate orders of social distancing: they’re waiving all rules regarding fishing permits.
Any Missouri resident or non-resident will be allowed to fish without a permit or trout tag from Friday, March 27, to April 15.
Season dates, fishing methods, and limits will continue to apply.
“The current public-health emergency caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) has many Missourians and others looking for safe ways to get outside in nature,” MDC Director Sara Parker Pauley said in a statement. “Missouri’s rivers and streams offer high quality fishing as a way for people to connect with nature while still complying with all health and safety recommendations. Fishing is also a great way to get some much needed physical and mental health benefits during this stressful time.”
Pauley added that it would be important for all Missourians to practice social distancing and all other safety suggestions from health authorities, even while on the rivers or lakes.