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Quick tips for safe, responsible Fourth

Warmer weather is calling, but things look a little different this year due to COVID-19. We’re providing information to keep you and Michigan’s natural resources safe, along with options for staying local and socially distant, while enjoying your favorite outdoor spaces over the July Fourth weekend.

We are committed to providing visitors with safe, clean outdoor spaces and memory-making experiences. Just this past Monday, we reopened state park campgrounds with new health and safety protocols in place. While we do our best behind the scenes, please do your part to protect yourselves and others while enjoying the outdoors:

≤ Go out only if you’re feeling healthy.

≤ Stay at least 6 feet from people who aren’t from your household, and wear a face covering when in enclosed indoor spaces.

Follow operational and sanitation guidelines. Some processes, like checking in and using bathroom facilities at DNR-managed sites, may vary by location. For example, visitors are encouraged to pay by debit or credit card to decrease the exchange of money.

≤ Also, some amenities at a handful of DNR locations remain closed due to delayed construction projects. Get the latest closure updates from the DNR’s COVID-19 response page.

Here is some additional information to ensure a fantastic Fourth:

≤ Be mindful of beach and boating safety warnings

≤ Know the rules for smoother trail treks

≤ Do your part to prevent wildfires

≤ Take easy steps to protect woods, water and wildlife

≤ Map your next fishing, hiking or boating adventure

Things to know before you go

≤ Be mindful of beach and boating safety warnings

Record-high water levels are causing increased river flows, submerged docks and piers, swimming and boating hazards and other concerns. Learn more about the effects of high water and how to stay safe at Michigan.gov/HighWaterSafety.

The Great Lakes are large, powerful bodies of water that demand respect and caution from boaters, swimmers and paddlers. Have a great time in the Great Lakes, but visit Michigan.gov/BeachSafety for safety tips before heading out.

— The Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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