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Conservation Department Updates Operations During COVID-19 Pandemic

Most outdoor facilities remain open for recreation

Most outdoor facilities remain open for recreation

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) is making the following temporary changes to its business operations for the safety of our employees and the general public. The changes are in effect until April 6, 2020.

  • Alabama State Parks and associated facilities remain open with the exception of cave tours at Rickwood and Cathedral Caverns state park and the beaches and beach access areas at Gulf State Park. Additionally, dining operations will be modified to limit close contact of guests. Park visitors are encouraged to follow all current hand washing and social distancing guidelines. For updates, please follow Alabama State Parks on social media. A social media directory is available at
  • State Public Fishing Lakes remain open.
  • ADCNR shooting and archery ranges remain open.
  • ADCNR Wildlife Management Areas and Special Opportunity Areas remain open.
  • ADCNR’s state and district offices are closed to the public with the exception of the Marine Resources Division offices in Gulf Shores and Dauphin Island. Those offices will be open for commercial license sales only on Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • ADCNR Law Enforcement Offices are closed to the public, but remain staffed to answer questions by phone. Contact information is available at To report hunting or fishing violations, please call (800) 272-GAME.
  • Conservation Enforcement Officers will continue to patrol state land and waterways and render aid to the public.
  • Forever Wild tracts remain open for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, paddling, and hunting -- as permitted.
  • 5 Rivers Delta Resources Center facilities are closed, but the grounds remain open to the public during regular business hours for trail use and kayak launching.
  • Hunting and fishing licenses are still available online at, through the Outdoor AL mobile app, or at various license agents located throughout the state.

Due to the evolving nature of the pandemic, ADCNR recommends calling individual state parks and other facilities if you have questions about reservations or operational hours. Contact information can be found at

ADCNR apologizes for any inconvenience during this time and we thank you for your cooperation.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit


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