State by State Guide to Fishing, Boating and Coastal Restrictions
Effective April 30, 2020, at 5 p.m., Alabama beaches are open with conditions.
Outdoor recreation in Alabama is considered an essential activity in the Order of the State Health Officer that was issued on April 3, 2020. That means outdoors activities such as hunting, fishing, trail use, boating, and paddling can still be enjoyed by all Alabamians as long as groups are kept to less than 10 people and a consistent 6-foot distance between persons can be maintained. Additionally, most Alabama State Parks, including campgrounds and associated facilities, remain open with some exceptions.
To slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the State of Alaska has issued Health Mandate 17 relating to the operation of independent commercial fishing vessels. This mandate went into effect April 24, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. and will be reevaluated by May 20, 2020.
The State of Alaska acknowledges the importance of the commercial fishing industry to our economy and lifestyle as Alaskans. In order to ensure a safe, productive fishing season this year, while still protecting Alaskan communities to the maximum extent possible from the spread of the virus, the state is establishing standardized protective measures to be followed by all independent commercial fishing vessels operating in Alaskan waters and ports.
The purpose of this mandate is to enact protective measures for independent commercial fishing vessels operating within Alaskan waters and ports in order to prevent, slow, and otherwise disrupt the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Operators and crew of independent commercial fishing vessels are required to comply with Health Mandate 17 when operating in Alaskan waters and ports.
Health Mandate 17 does not apply to skiffs operating from shore; protective measures for those vessels will be provided under separate guidance.
Health Mandate 17 is available here: https://covid19.alaska.gov/health-mandates/.
As the State of California continues to protect all Californians from the COVID-19 pandemic, current public health directives prohibit gatherings of any size and driving to public outdoor spaces. As such, many state parks and beaches are temporarily closed or have very limited access to protect public health. To view the closures and find out how you and your loved ones can safely visit parks and beaches that remain open in your local neighborhood, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.
For a full list of boating facilities please check http://www.dbw.ca.gov/BoatingFacilities
Most Department-related events and programs, including tours, trainings and special events have been postponed. Specific information about the status of any Delaware State Parks event is available on the parks program calendar and the social media pages below.
For the latest information on COVID-19 in Delaware, visit de.gov/coronavirus.
Boat Ramp Updates
Check the status of public boat ramps using FWC’s Florida Public Boat Ramp Finder. It’s updated every 24-hours to include information about boat ramp open/closed status. Before leaving on a trip, it’s important to check with local, county, and statewide Emergency Orders and with the managing entity of the boat ramp if it’s not run by the FWC.
Some Renewal Deadlines Extended
Per Executive Order 20-12, the deadline for the licenses listed below requiring renewal in March, April, or May 2020 have been extended until May 31, 2020. This order amends Executive Order 20-08, which previously extended these expiration dates.
Any changes or extensions to Executive Order 20-12 will be posted here so please check back.
The Coastal Resources Division (CRD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is taking steps to ensure public safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19, also known as “Coronavirus.”
CRD reminds people that many of our services are offered conveniently online, including recreational fishing licenses, Saltwater Information Program permits, Coastal Marshland Protection Act and Shore Protection Act permits, dock permits, academic research authorizations, waterbottom leases, beach driving permits, and letters of permission applications.
While our office in Brunswick will remain open to the public, many of these services can be accessed remotely, and we appreciate the public’s active participation in preventing the spread of COVID-19 by using online resources.
For fishing licenses, visit: www.GeorgiaWildlife.com
For permits and other permissions, visit: www.CoastalGaDNR.org/AuthorizationAndPermitsCRD
Anyone who is unsure of where to find information may call CRD directly at 912-264-7218 or visit our website at www.CoastalGaDNR.org. We are also happy to print and mail applications and informational material to the public.
FISHING GUIDELINES DURING COVID-19
Although state beaches are closed for the time being, fishing is still allowed subject to the following limitations*:
Also, please keep these guidelines in mind:
If fishing from a boat, remember that:
DLNR also asks that you please try to fish in or near your own ahupua‘a of residence.
Parks Open for Limited Used During COVID-19
We’re excited to open some of our state parks beginning May 1st. We continue to monitor the spread and effects of COVID-19, working closely with the Office of Governor J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health. To best serve and protect our visitors and staff, these locations are open effective May 1.
Parks will be open from sun-up to sundown. Guests will be allowed to engage in activities such as wildlife observation, hiking, biking, equestrian use and fishing (both from the bank and boats with a limit of two persons per boat) and mushroom hunting. All visitor centers, campgrounds, playgrounds, shelter reservations, interpretive educational programs, beaches, special events and concessions will remain closed. Please note all other state-sites not on this listing remain closed.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) offices throughout the state will be closed indefinitely to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
To alleviate any additional public burden, LDWF is providing the public alternatives to process applications via mail, email and online.
The summary below provides more information about how to secure licenses and titles/registrations during the office closure.
New applications will be accepted by:
Renewals will be accepted:
Email: [email protected]
Motorboat Registration and Titling
New/Transfers will be accepted by:
Renewals will be accepted:
Email: [email protected]
Recreational Hunting/Fishing Licenses
Annual Licenses and Tags are available:
Lifetime/Disability applications will be accepted by:
Email: [email protected]
New applications will be accepted by:
Email: [email protected]
If an individual needs additional non-personalized oyster tags they can call 225.765.2821 and leave a voicemail. Licensing staff will return calls to obtain payment via credit card over the phone. The tags will be mailed to the recipient.
MDIFW Offices and Facilities
Beginning March 23, 2020, all MDIFW offices and facilities will be closed to the public.
Our services will remain available through our website at mefishwildlife.com
State of Maine Checklist for Marinas, Boatyards and Marine Manufacturers:
Effective Thursday, May 7, at 7 a.m., DNR-owned beaches will be opened and outdoor exercise such as walking, jogging, running, swimming, and fishing will be permitted, however:
Effective Thursday, May 7, at 7 a.m., recreational boating activities, including motorized and non-motorized vessels and personal watercraft, are permitted, however:
Effective Thursday, May 7, at 7 a.m., DNR will begin accepting reservations for overnight tent and RV camping in state forests, parks, and other campgrounds, however:
NOTE: The Maryland Park Service is in the process of opening campgrounds in parks around the state, which will be a multi-phase process, involving the preparation of facilities for visitors, opening restrooms and bathhouses, and bringing seasonal staff online to manage the safety and well-being of visitors. We are working diligently to open individual parks as quickly as possible.
Effective Thursday, May 7, at 7 a.m, recreational fishing activities, including catch-and-release, are allowed, however:
Commercial Fishing and Seafood Dealer Permits
Processing of new applications and renewals is ongoing, but may be delayed.
To assist fishermen and others in the seafood industry during the public health emergency posed by COVID-19, DMF has implemented the following measure;
Permit renewals and new permit applications should be mailed in to DMF’s Boston office and staff will process them as soon as possible.
Due to the public health emergency, DMF will not be able to accommodate walk-in transactions for its various permits.
Recreational Saltwater Permits and Non-Commercial Lobster Permits
Recreational anglers and non-commercial lobster fishery participants who plan to fish during this time period are still required to have a current 2020 permit. You can purchase these permits through the convenient online application MassFishHunt. If you do not have access to a printer, you may save an electronic copy of your permit on your phone.
Due to the public health emergency, DMF will not be able to accommodate walk-in transactions for recreational permits.
Additional Resourcesfor Recreational Saltwater Permits and Non-Commercial Lobster Permits
CHARTER FISHING AND GUIDE OPERATIONS
Under provisions detailed in Executive Order 2020-77, charter and fishing guide operations that involve boats, canoes and other marine vessels may resume activities on May 7, 2020, provided they:
In addition to the DNR Law Enforcement Division, Michigan State Police and local law enforcement agencies have full authority to enforce the provisions of this order.
PARKS, TRAILS, FORESTS AND OTHER PUBLIC LANDS
Minnesota’s Stay at Home Order, Executive Order 20-48, encourages healthy and safe outdoor activities such as walking, running, and fishing and hunting. Minnesotans can continue to enjoy parks, trails, and other public recreation lands, consistent with any limitations established by the land administrator. We urge people engaging in outdoor activities to:
Renew your watercraft, ATV, Snowmobile, Off-highway Motorcycle or ORV online. You will receive a temporary permit for immediate use.
The following guidance is provided in carrying out and complying with Governor Reeves’ Executive Orders and subsequent guidance:
While enjoying outdoor spaces, please continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/State Department of Health (DOH) guidelines for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19:
Individuals using shared or outdoor spaces when outside their residence MUST, at all times and as much as reasonably possible, maintain social (physical) distancing of AT LEAST six (6) feet from any other person, with the exception of family or household members.
Further, EO121 prohibits any events or convenings that bring together more than ten (10) persons into a single space at the same time.
Please note that local Emergency Orders may require more stringent standards. Prior to engaging in outdoor activities, check local government Emergency Orders for specific requirements.
Hunting, Fishing, Boating and many other wildlife-associated activities can be accomplished in compliance with those requirements; however, based on field observation from law enforcement and other agency professionals over the past week, many people are disregarding the requirements. Those actions raise the clear and present danger of increased community spread of COVID-19.
This is a time for each of us to work together to be part of the solution and not the problem. We are asking each of you to do your part when using any of our access areas. In order to keep these doorways to North Carolina’s public trust resources open, we are relying on the compliance of every person.
Failure to comply WILL LEAD to CLOSURES of boating and fishing access areas.
WHAT IS OPEN:
WHAT IS LIMITED:
The Marine Board asks that you use your good judgment and if you venture out to go boating to be fluid and adaptable to rapidly changing situations. We also recommend that you:
DEM remains open and fully operational. However, due to guidelines related to COVID-19, we have limited walk-in service at locations with the most frequent lines and crowds. We encourage customers to use online, telephonic, or mail-in services whenever possible.
Submitting Permit Applications
The Permit Application Center (PAC) at DEM Headquarters located at 235 Promenade Street in Providence is still accepting and processing applications and honoring all scheduled in-person appointments, but walk-in service is paused at the PAC until further notice. Applications can be dropped off directly outside the PAC, and the team will respond within one to two business days.
Contact DEM at 401-222-4700 ext. 7265 with questions or to set up an appointment for other services. If you are seeking assistance for wetlands or OWTS/septic systems, please call 401-222-4700 and ask for the person on-call for the specific program.
Boating Registrations & Fishing/Hunting Licenses, Permits, & Tags
Walk-in service at DEM’s Office of Boat Registration and Licensing in Providence has been paused. The Office can provide most of its services online and new vessels can be registered by mail. Learn More
Fish & Wildlife: Blue Cards, Wildlife Rehab Tests, Outdoor Education Programs
The Division of Fish & Wildlife Headquarters in West Kingston is closed to walk-ins. Needs are being met by phone at 401-789-0281, mail, or email ([email protected]). No Blue Card tests or Wildlife Rehabilitation Tests will be offered. Blue Card tests are available at non-DEM locations. Learn More
The Division of Fish & Wildlife Outdoor Education Office, Arcadia Management Area, Exeter is closed to walk-ins. Needs are being met by phone, mail, or email. Walk-in Hunter Safety and Bow Hunter exams will be postponed until May 1. Contact the Office at 401-539-0019.
The Division of Marine Fisheries and Coastal Resources (Port of Galilee) locations. Needs are being met by phone, mail, or email. Whelk pot and tautog tags are not available for pickup at DEM’s offices. The rules requiring these tags begin on April 1st, but DEM will temporarily not enforce the whelk pot and tautog tag rules; the requirement is postponed until May 1, 2020. Learn More
Effective immediately, Executive Order 2020-16 has been rescinded.
Friday afternoon, Gov. McMaster lifted all boating restrictions on beaching and rafting of boats. This means you can now beach or raft your boat on any open sandbars, beaches, islands, etc. This also removes the restriction that requires your vessel to remain underway unless anchoring to fish.
With these boating restrictions being lifted, the coastal SCDNR-managed islands closed as a result of previous boating restrictions have now reopened. Those sanctuary islands historically closed to public access by regulation remain closed.
Law Enforcement will continue their boating patrols to ensure safe operation in accordance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations.
The SCDNR wants everyone to enjoy our waterways, but remember to practice social distancing and avoid congregating in large groups when out on sandbars and shorelines.
As always, SCDNR encourages you to practice responsible recreation.
Temporary closures and operations adjustments will remain in effect for the foreseeable future. TPWD continues to monitor the evolving health situation with local and state officials and will adjust operations at department sites and facilities as necessary.
Check the Texas State Parks Alert map for the latest park conditions.
The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) is taking the COVID-19 virus very seriously and wants to make sure our staff and constituents are taking all necessary precautions. DGIF encourages everyone in the Commonwealth to utilize the online option, gooutdoorsvirginia.com for all of your licensing and registration needs. Hunters, anglers, boaters and wildlife enthusiasts can do most transactions online.
As you may have seen circulating around social media, DGIF has not canceled any hunting seasons or fishing opportunities. All access points are open.
ALL LICENSE REQUIREMENTS AND REGULATIONS ARE STILL FULLY ENFORCEABLE. YOU MUST HAVE A LICENSE WHEN YOU ARE HUNTING AND FISHING. Please follow all rules and regulations.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is keeping the health and well-being of all Washingtonians in mind as the state comes together in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19). See Department of Health guidance and the new statewide joint response website.
Fishing and Shellfishing
State Parks, Trails, Forests, Recreational Areas and State Natural Areas
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will reopen 34 state parks and forests on Friday, May 1 at the direction of Gov. Evers with special conditions. To minimize overcrowding, allow for social distancing requirements and to promote a safe and enjoyable experience for visitors, the following conditions will be put into place at all state park system properties until further notice beginning May 1:
Open Properties Map