Category: Recreational News

DNREC’s State Parks Waive Entry Fees on Black Friday

DNREC’s State Parks Waive Entry Fees on Black Friday

The public is invited to enjoy free entry to Delaware’s state parks and zoo Friday, Nov. 29. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has waived state park and zoo entry fees annually on Black Friday for as part of a the #OptOutside movement. More than 7,000 organizations and seven million people nationwide participate […]
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Michigan DNR approves nearly $2 million in Recreation Passport grants

Michigan DNR approves nearly $2 million in Recreation Passport grants

A program that started 10 years ago with the goal of boosting visitation and funding for Michigan state parks also has created another important benefit: more funding for local, community parks and trails enhancement throughout the state. Today the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that 18 communities will share $1,926,000 for projects including trailhead […]
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Kaulana Manu Nature Trail Opens on Hawaii Island

Kaulana Manu Nature Trail Opens on Hawaii Island

HILO – In a steady rain you hear the chorus of native Hawaiian birds. Jackson Bauer, with the DLNR Na Ala Hele Trails and Access Program, identifies the sing-song chirp of the ‘ōma’o and then the ‘elepaio, calling its own name. Such are the sounds of the native forest along the new Kaulana Manu Nature […]
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Montana State Parks sees record setting visitation in 2020

Montana State Parks sees record setting visitation in 2020

HELENA – Montana State Parks hosted 3 million visitors from January through September of this year. Compared with the same time period last year, visitation increased by 24.4 percent. Visitation increased at 80 percent of state parks across Montana for the year, with eight parks exceeding 100,000 visitors. “These visitation increases represent the busiest summer […]
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More Areas In Rocky Mountain National Park Reopen

More Areas In Rocky Mountain National Park Reopen

Additional areas in Rocky Mountain National Park will reopen after being closed since October 22, due to the East Troublesome Fire. Tomorrow, Saturday, November 14, US 36 past the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center to Deer Ridge Junction will reopen, including the Beaver Meadows Entrance Station. On the east side of the park Trail Ridge Road […]
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Two Kansas Trails Receive National Designations

Two Kansas Trails Receive National Designations

PRATT – Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism’s (KDWPT) Flint Hills Trail and Prairie Spirit Trail state parks recently received America’s highest trails honor when they were designated National Recreational Trails by the National Park Service. Both state park trails are operated by KDWPT’s Parks Division. “This is significant, not only for those parks […]
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Rocky Mountain National Park Remains Temporarily Closed

Rocky Mountain National Park Remains Temporarily Closed

All of Rocky Mountain National Park remains temporarily closed. It is unknown when the park will reopen. Once it does reopen, only some areas of the park will be accessible based upon safety and fire behavior. Park managers continue to assess where there is current as well as predicted fire activity and additional safety hazards […]
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Hiker Remains Missing in Mount Rainier National Park

Hiker Remains Missing in Mount Rainier National Park

Extensive search efforts over ten days have not located Dr. Sam Dubal who went missing while hiking in the Mowich Lake area of Mount Rainier National Park. Park rangers along with volunteer teams have been searching for Dr. Dubal since October 11. Daily robust searches have included ground-based search teams, canine teams, drones, helicopters, and […]
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Application period opens Nov. 2 for Montana recreation grant programs

Application period opens Nov. 2 for Montana recreation grant programs

HELENA – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will begin accepting grant applications for four recreation grant programs on Monday, Nov. 2, at 12 p.m. via the online system at funding.mt.gov. Applications for the Recreational Trails Program, the Off-Highway Vehicle Grant Program, the new Montana Trail Stewardship Grant Program, and the new Summer Motorized Trail Pass […]
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$1 Million Donation to Maui Trails Program

$1 Million Donation to Maui Trails Program

Kahului, Maui – An anonymous donor is providing more than $1 million in funding to the Na Ala Hele Trails and Access Program on Maui. Most of the funding will support planning, design, and construction of hiking trails in the recently acquired Kamehamenui Forest in upcountry Maui. DLNR Chair Suzanne Case said, DLNR Chair Suzanne […]
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New Fees Go Into Effect at Hawaii State Parks

New Fees Go Into Effect at Hawaii State Parks

HONOLULU – As of October 9, out-of-state residents and commercial operators will be charged higher fees for entering select Hawaiʻi State Parks. The higher fees were approved by the Board of Land and Natural Resources in August. Following a public hearing, the fee schedule was signed into law by Gov. David Ige last week. Park […]
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Devils Tower Experiences Busiest September on Record

Devils Tower Experiences Busiest September on Record

Devils Tower National Monument hosted 27,550 vehicles or approximately 74,135 recreation visits in September 2020. This is an 18% increase from September 2019, making it the busiest September in Devils Tower history. The nation’s first national monument, located in Crook County, Wyoming, is 1,374 acres and was at 70% staffing this summer. So far in […]
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Yosemite National Park to Reopen on Friday, September 25

Yosemite National Park to Reopen on Friday, September 25

Yosemite National Park will reopen to all park visitors on Friday, September 25, 2020 at 9:00 am. Some visitor services will be available and other visitor services will open incrementally over the weekend. The park has been closed since September 17 due to smoke impacts and hazardous air quality throughout the park. Campsites in Yosemite […]
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