State by State Guide to Fishing, Boating and Coastal Restrictions


Effective April 30, 2020, at 5 p.m., Alabama beaches are open with conditions.

  • All beaches shall be open to gatherings of fewer than 10 persons
  • Anyone using the beaches must maintain a consistent 6-foot distance from others (excluding those living in your home)
  • For more information about the beach openings, please read page 5 of the Governor’s Safer at Home Order signed April 28, 2020.

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:



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

For a full list of boating facilities please check


  • Daily entry fees or passes are required for entrance to Delaware State Parks beginning Friday, May 8. Entrance booths at parks will not be staffed, so visitors without a park annual pass will pay the daily fee via automated credit card machines or the self-registration envelopes at park entrances.
  • Those aged 13 or older are now required to bring a face mask with them to enter, and should wear them when they cannot maintain social distancing from other visitors. Those who do not bring face masks when visiting these areas may be required to leave by officers or staff.
  • Anyone who enters Delaware from another state must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days. The order applies to individuals who would like to fish, hunt, or golf at state parks.
  • All state park offices, museums, restrooms, nature centers, campsites, cabins, cottages, yurts and playgrounds are closed. Campground reservations have been cancelled through May 15. Full refunds will be issued for reservations scheduled during that time. Refunds and reservation cancellations will be processed by the Delaware State Parks reservation vendor. Additional questions can be handled at the call center at 877-98 PARKS (877-987-2757).
  • State park beaches are closed to all but the following activities until May 15 or until the public health threat of COVID-19 has been eliminated.
    Permitted Activities:

    • Exercising
    • Dog-walking
    • Drive-on surf-fishing under severely restricted conditions

    All other activities are strictly prohibited. Visit our COVID-19 Surf-Fishing FAQ page for answers to your questions about the temporary surf-fishing restrictions currently in effect.Parking and fishing at the Indian River Inlet within Delaware Seashore State Park is permitted; however, beach access from within Cape Henlopen, Delaware Seashore and Fenwick Island State Parks is prohibited to all but those with valid Delaware surf-fishing permits. Some beach crossings are open to those with valid surf-fishing permits, who may drive onto specific beaches for the purpose of surf-fishing only.

  • Park programs, tours, and special events are canceled through May 15.
  • Picnic and pavilion reservations are cancelled through May 15.
  • Annual park passes and surf fishing permits  must be purchased online only instead of at third-party agents, park offices, or in the Dover office. The purchase of an annual pass, lifetime pass or surf fishing permit does not guarantee access to Delaware State Parks property, programs or functions when the number of visitors is restricted due to a high volume of visitors at peak times, or other instances of restrictions to include, but not limited to: government restriction, state of emergency, strike, flood, fire, or unforeseen catastrophe. Purchases of passes and/or permits are non-refundable.

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


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.

  • Commercial Freshwater licenses
  • Charter Boat and Captain licenses
  • Captive Wildlife Exhibition and Sale Licenses
  • Venomous/Conditional/Prohibited Reptiles
  • Private Game Preserves and Farms
  • Marine Special Activity Licenses

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:

For permits and other permissions, visit:

Anyone who is unsure of where to find information may call CRD directly at 912-264-7218 or visit our website at We are also happy to print and mail applications and informational material to the public.



Although state beaches are closed for the time being, fishing is still allowed subject to the following limitations*:

  • You may cross a state beach in order to get to the ocean, but you must maintain physical distancing requirements.
  • You may fish in state waters or on state land, but groups of two or more persons are only allowed if everyone in the group lives at the same address.

Also, please keep these guidelines in mind:

  • Follow all current regulations with regard to seasons, minimum sizes, gear restrictions, area closures, etc.
  • Maintain social distancing from other fishers. A good rule of thumb outdoors is to stay as far away from others as if you were trying to avoid cigarette smoke from them.
  • Take only what you need from the sea.
  • Avoid touching public surfaces such as benches, railings, or water fountains.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before and after fishing, and after touching any public surface.

If fishing from a boat, remember that:

  • No more than two people are allowed on any boat in state waters unless they are part of a single residential or family unit sharing the same address.
  • Both people on the boat are required to maintain physical distancing of six feet from one another, as is reasonably possible.
  • The two people per boat restriction does not apply to commercial fishing activities, provided that all people onboard have valid Commercial Marine Fishing Licenses.
  • All boats are required to stay 20-feet from one another.

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.

Commercial Licenses

New applications will be accepted by:

  • Mail – payment methods accepted will be check, cashier’s check and money order
  • Email – may be sent with all required documents scanned and attached
    • Required documents: Application, copy of Driver’s License (individuals), copy of Federal Tax ID paperwork (businesses)
    • For additional requirements for each license refer to LDWF website (
    • Licensing staff will reach out by phone to collect payment by credit card.

Renewals will be accepted:

  • By mail – payment methods accepted will be check, cashier’s check and money order
  • Online –

Mail to:
Commercial Licensing
PO Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898

Email[email protected]

Motorboat Registration and Titling

New/Transfers will be accepted by:

  • Mail – payment methods accepted will be check, cashier’s check and money order
  • Email – may be sent with all required documents scanned and attached
    • Licensing staff will reach out by phone to collect payment by credit card.

Renewals will be accepted:

  • By mail – payment methods accepted will be check, cashier’s check and money order
  • Online –

Mail to:
Motorboat Registration
PO Box 14796
Baton Rouge, LA 70898

Email[email protected]

Recreational Hunting/Fishing Licenses

Annual Licenses and Tags are available:

Lifetime/Disability applications will be accepted by:

  • Mail – payment methods accepted will be check, cashier’s check and money order
  • Email – may be sent with all required documents scanned and attached
    • Scanned birth certificate will be accepted.
    • Licensing staff will reach out over the phone to collect payment by credit card.

Mail to:
PO Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898

Email[email protected]

Charter Licenses

New applications will be accepted by:

  • Mail – payment methods accepted will be check, cashier’s check and money order
  • Email – be sent with all required documents scanned and attached
    • Licensing staff will reach out over the phone to collect payment by credit card.

Mail to:
Commercial Licensing
PO Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898

Email[email protected]

Oyster Tags

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

You can contact us directly for assistance through email, our Facebook page or by calling us at 207-287-8000 during regular business hours (Monday-Friday 8am-5pm).

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:

  • Guidance on social distancing must be followed.
  • The prohibition on social gatherings must be strictly followed.
  • Chairs, blankets, and picnics will be prohibited.


Effective Thursday, May 7, at 7 a.m., recreational boating activities, including motorized and non-motorized vessels and personal watercraft, are permitted, however:

  • Boaters must be with immediate family members or people with which they reside.
    • No more than 10 people can be on a boat at one time, including captain and crew.
  • Boats must be distanced from each other by at least 10 feet and are prohibited from rafting up, beaching, or having rendezvous events.
    • Boats are prohibited from docking at restaurants or bars.
  • Vessel and boat races remain prohibited.
  • Marinas can reopen to recreational boaters, but must adhere to Maryland Departments of Commerce and Health guidelines.
  • Pump-out stations and boats may resume operations under the Departments of Commerce and Health guidelines.
  • Local jurisdictions may choose to open public boat ramps, but must ensure social distancing guidelines.
  • All normal boating rules and regulations are in effect and must be followed.


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:

  • Campers must be with immediate family members or people with which they reside.
  • Guidance on social distancing must be followed.
  • No parties or reservations for more than 10 people will be granted for any one site.
  • Reservations for cabin rentals will not be accepted at this time, however DNR will begin to consider protocols for accepting reservations again in the near future.
    • Reopening will likely proceed on a gradual or regional basis based on guidance from the Maryland Department of Health.

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:

  • When fishing from a boat, one must be with immediate family members or people with which they reside.
    • No more than 10 people may be on a boat at one time, including captain and crew.
  • When fishing from onshore or at a pier, social distancing guidelines must be followed.
    • DNR fishing piers will reopen immediately.
  • Fishing tournaments remain prohibited at this time.
  • All normal rules and regulations regarding fishing are in effect and must be followed, including creel limits, gear restrictions, and seasons.


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;

  • any un-renewed 2019 commercial fishing and seafood dealer permits will be considered valid through April 30, 2020.
  • fishermen unable to sell fish, lobsters and crabs to dealers may be issued a Retail Boat permits (fee waived). For more information contact [email protected].

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



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:

  1. Prohibit gatherings of any size in which people cannot maintain six feet of distance from one another.
  2. Limit in-person interaction with clients and patrons to the maximum extent possible, and bar any such interaction in which people cannot maintain six feet of distance from one another.
  3. Provide personal protective equipment such as gloves, goggles, face shields, and face masks as appropriate for the activity being performed.
  4. Adopt protocols to limit the sharing of tools and equipment to the maximum extent possible and to ensure frequent and thorough cleaning of tools, equipment, and frequently touched surfaces.

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.


  • State parks and recreation areas, trails, boating access sites, forests and other public land currently remain open for day use to provide residents with local opportunities to get outdoors.

    The “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order states that individuals may leave their home or place of residence to engage in outdoor recreational activity inlcuding walking, hiking, running, cycling, boating, golfing, or other similar activity, as well as any comparable activity for those with limited mobility. We are asking all park and trail users to stay local and not travel far distances for outdoor recreation activities.

    All individuals who leave their home or place of residence must adhere to social distancing measures including remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household. Effective social distancing is required so that unsafe conditions do not develop and state-managed lands can remain open.

    An an emergency order issued April 2 sets a civil penalty of up to $1,000 for not complying with executive orders banning gatherings and nonessential businesses, including social distancing. Criminal penalties for violation will remain an option for prosecutors.


  • Boating, including motorized boating, falls within the outdoor activities permitted under the governor’s updated “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order.

    Any outdoor activity, including boating, must be done in a matter “consistent with remaining at least six feet apart from people outside the individual’s household.”

    State harbors are closed through at least June 9. There are no services available, including bathroom buildings, electrical, fuel, pumpouts, etc. and no slip reservations can be made.

    DNR-managed boating access sites that already were open for the season and remained open during the stay-at-home order will remain open. The addition of various amenities, such as the placement of courtesy piers and the reopening of bathrooms at boating access sites, will begin as staff time and maintenance schedules allow.


    Reservations for dates between May 15 and June 9 will automatically be canceled after May 15 for a full refund to the original payment method, unless a customer calls the call center at 800-447-2757 by May 15 at 8 p.m. to request a reservation be changed to a later date. See above in camping section for details on cancellations.


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:

  • Stay close to home.
  • Practice social distancing and don’t congregate when outdoors.
  • Follow the DNR/MDH outdoor recreation guidelines.

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:

  • Commercial fishing is defined as an Essential Business and may continue to operate. However, every effort should be made to comply with the CDC and MSDH guidance of maintaining 6 ft of distancing and no gatherings of 10 or more people.
  • Recreational boating and fishing does not meet the definitions of the Governor’s Executive Order.

New Hampshire

  • Let’s Go Fishing and in-person Hunter Education classes are cancelled at least through June due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. New hunters should visit to start their online class and their journey toward becoming a hunter in the Granite State.
  • The White Mountain National Forest has issued a temporary closure notice for many trailheads and recreation facilities.
  • Learn more about changes to spring turkey hunting season
  • Toilet facilities are closed at NH Fish and Game boat ramps until further notice due to the COVID1-19 outbreak. Anglers are urged to continue practicing social distancing recommendations from state and federal health agencies.
  • Trout stocking is continuing as usual, but in response to the Granite State’s COVID-19 public health emergency, we will not be posting our weekly Fish Stocking Report online until further notice to help prevent groups of anglers from congregating in localized areas. We appreciate your patience.
  • Due to Governor Sununu’s extension of Executive Order #16, originally effective March 23, we will no longer be issuing kid’s fishing derby permits or any bass tournament permits until further notice. This Emergency order supersedes current permits that have been issued through 5/31/20, rendering them invalid.
  • Regional Offices, the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, Great Bay Discovery Center, and our hatcheries are closed to the public without an appointment until further notice.
  • Reminder: Throughout the COVID-19 emergency in New Hampshire, all hunting, fishing, and OHRV rules and regulations remain in effect and will be enforced.
  • Discover Wild NH Day is cancelled for this year. See you next year — April 17, 2021!
  • All Fish and Game events, meetings, trainings, workshops, and classes are cancelled through the end of May per Governor Sununu’s Emergency Order #17.
  • Fish and Game licenses are still being sold online, and at our headquarters building, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord.

New Jersey

  • FISHING – Consistent with Governor Murphy’s orders that all New Jerseyans practice social distancing in order to limit the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), anglers must fish individually or with immediate family members and cannot fish in groups of any size (no matter how small), either on land or by boat. A minimum six-foot social distance between anglers must be maintained at all times. To disperse the fish and to help maintain social distancing among anglers, trout were released early and the NJ Fish and Game Council opened trout stocked waters for catch and release only for trout, from April 1 through April 10. Season, size, and creel limits for all other species apply, as well as any gear restrictions.
  • Anglers MUST NOT congregate in parking areas, boat ramps or at popular fishing locations. Conservation Police Officers, New Jersey State Park Police, and DEP staff are actively monitoring our parks and natural areas to ensure that individuals enjoying our natural resources are maintaining social distance. Any groups encountered will be instructed to disperse to maintain social distance, and if they do not comply, tickets will be issued by law enforcement.

New York

Boat Launches and Marinas: Marinas and boat launch sites are open where conditions allow. Call the park or regional office directly for current status.

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:

  • Stay home if you are sick, or showing or feeling any COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, coughing, and/or troubled breathing;
  • Practice social distancing by keeping at least six (6) feet of distance between yourself and others, even when outdoors;
  • Avoid close contact, such as shaking hands, hugging, or high-fives;
  • Wash hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when soap and water are not available; and
  • Avoid unnecessary contact with surfaces that are often touched, such as doorknobs and handrails.

North Carolina

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.



  • Public outdoor spaces at Ohio state parks, wildlife areas, forests and nature preserves remain open, including trails, dog parks, and docks with a few exceptions:
    • Hocking Hills State Park is closed. This closure includes Ash Cave, Cantwell Cliffs, Cedar Falls, Old Man’s Cave, Rock House and Whispering Cave. This closure also includes Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve and several areas at the Hocking State Forest (trails, rock climbing and rappelling area, fire tower area, and day use bridle areas).
    • Magee Marsh Wildlife Area is closed.
    • The boardwalks at Maumee Bay State Park and at Punderson State Park are closed.
  • We’ve assembled a list of beautiful hiking trails that may be new to you. If you head out, use common sense, adhere to social distancing guidance, and remember to plan ahead – restrooms and other facilities are closed at Ohio Department of Natural Resources properties statewide.


  • Parking. If a parking area is full or a parking lot is blocked, move on. Cars parked on roadways or grass will be ticketed.
  • Trout stockings will continue this spring but events associated with stockings have been cancelled.
  • Shooting Ranges. Class A shooting ranges are closed. All other shooting ranges are open at this time.
  • If you wish to access Army Corps of Engineers properties, please check their websites for the latest information. Some Army Corps properties are not accessible at this time


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:

  • Explore waterways close to home that can be done as a day trip. Leave from your home to the boat and back so that you don’t have unnecessary contact with others.
  • Be self-sufficient. Carry needed supplies with you (soap, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, food, etc.) to minimize non-essential stops. Pack it in, pack it out. Leave no trace.
  • Take time in advance to see if a boat ramp is open. Some city and county facilities are allowing boats to launch. Visit the Marine Board’s interactive Boat Oregon Map to find contact information to a facility near you. Keep in mind that even though a ramp may be open to launching, the restrooms may not be. Plan accordingly! Have a porta-potty, bucket, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper. Many pumpout/dump stations are operational where facilities are open.
  • Follow the Governor’s order on physical distancing. Space out (6-feet or more) and take turns launching and retrieving -and be patient.
  • Avoid congregating on boat ramps or in the parking lot.
  • Maintain a safe distance at a fuel dock or loading up at a marina. After touching a marine gate, fuel pump, or other objects frequently touched by others, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
  • Families living in the same household can continue to boat as a family. No groups with over 10 people.
  • The CDC is now recommending that everyone wear a face-covering in public. Protect yourself and your family before and after your time on the water by wearing a face covering.
  • Expect some facilities to have reduced launch lanes or alternate-space parking closures following social distancing orders to prevent crowding. If a facility has a lot of patrons and if physical distancing can’t be maintained, try again another day.
  • Paddlers out on the water: it’s good to stick together, but unless you’re all under the same household, maintain a minimum of 6-feet physical distance from others.
  • Marine law enforcement officers are actively patrolling looking for compliance with existing laws (current motorboat registration, boater education card, towed watersports endorsement (for Newberg Pool only), and waterway access permits for paddlers operating boats 10′ long or longer). Follow all statewide and local area rules for equipment, operation, and proximity. At the moment, officers are educating the public about physical distancing measures but have the authority to write citations under the Governor’s order. Give them a hand by playing it safe and wearing your life jacket, having the appropriate safety equipment, and communication tools/devices.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Need to title, register, or renew your motorboat registration? Need a Waterway Access Permit or Boating Safety Education Card? Visit our BoatOregon Store online. Education courses are also available online.

Rhode Island

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 locationsLearn 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.

Commercial Fishing

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

South Carolina

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.

The public is encouraged to follow the TPWD News Twitter and Facebook accounts and to monitor this page for the most up-to-date information.

State Parks

  • Texas State Parks are currently open for day use.
    • You must reserve day passes before you arrive.
    • Parks headquarters, stores, visitor centers and group sites are closed.
  • Texas State Parks will resume limited overnight camping beginning May 18.
  • Guidelines to follow when you visit:
    • Masks and face coverings are strongly encouraged in state parks, but not required.
    • Six-foot social distancing is required.
    • No groups larger than five people are allowed, except for families or people living in the same household.
    • See more guidelines and tips to plan your visit.

Check the Texas State Parks Alert map for the latest park conditions.



  • Sea Center Texas is closed.
  • Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is closed.


Boat Registration

Gulf Coast Fishing Report Week of January 15th, 2020.


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, 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.



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

  • Fishing seasons: All freshwater fisheries and Puget Sound saltwater fisheries in Marine Areas 5-13 opened under permanent rules on May 5. Halibut harvest remains closed in Puget Sound. Coastal saltwater (Marine Areas 1-4) fishing also remains closed.
  • Shellfishing seasons: Clam, mussel, oyster, shrimp and crab harvest in Puget Sound, coastal saltwater (Marine Areas 1-4) and the Columbia River remains closed until further notice.
  • Razor clams: Planned razor clam digs have been canceled until further notice.
  • Catch record cards: Return via mail or hold onto them until you are safe to drop off.
  • Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Check Stations: AIS check stations are still active, and WDFW staff are inspecting watercraft for invasive species.
  • Remaining closures:
    • Halibut, shrimp, intertidal shellfish harvesting, and coastal saltwater (Marine Areas 1-4) fishing and shellfish harvesting.
    • All family fishing events, outdoor workshops, and other group activities.
    • All camping and overnight accommodations on state lands.


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:

Admission Required

Open Properties Map

Open Wisconsin State Parks [PDF]
(updated April 27, 2020)

  • An annual park sticker and/or trail pass will be required to visit state parks and trails.
  • Annual stickers will be available for purchase with credit card by phone 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. seven days a week by calling toll free: 1-888-305-0398. We thank you in advance for your patience as we may be experiencing heavy call volumes.
  • Annual passes are NOT available for purchase at individual properties. Visitors must have an annual admission sticker adhered to their vehicle or proof of purchase for entry.
  • Once proof of purchase is shown, visitors must place proof of purchase on the dash of the windshield while parked within the boundary of the property.
  • The 2020 annual vehicle admission sticker is valid through Dec. 31, 2020.

Boat Launches

  • DNR boat launches are open at open state properties.
  • All anglers and recreational boaters should practice social distancing and keep travel to a minimum.
  • If individuals can lawfully access Wisconsin’s rivers and lakes, they are free to navigate upon them while engaging in outdoor recreation.