State Lands and Covid-19 Update

State Lands and Covid-19 Update, post by Dennis Plank

State Lands and Covid-19 Update

It was wonderful last week to have the State lands reopen for our exploration and enjoyment of the prairies. However, the WDFW sent out a note that they noticed an uncomfortable number of infractions to the social distancing guidelines and some people actually camping on WDFW land. The sent out a note asking people to remind people that the pandemic is NOT OVER and they should behave accordingly.

I agree wholeheartedly with their recommendations. The last thing we need is a resurgence of this epidemic and I’ve seen way too many people lately acting like it’s over.

Guidelines for #ResponsibleRecreation

Before you go

  • Check what’s open. While many state-managed land destinations are open for day-use, other local, tribal, and federal land may still be closed.
  • Opt for day trips close to home. Overnight stays are not permitted.
  • Stay with immediate household members only. Recreation with those outside of your household creates new avenues for virus transmission.
  • Come prepared. Visitors may find reduced or limited restroom services as staff begin the process to reopen facilities at wildlife areas and water access sites. You are advised to bring your own soap, water, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper, as well as a mask or bandana to cover your nose and mouth.
  • Enjoy the outdoors when healthy. If you have symptoms of fever, coughing, or shortness of breath, save your outdoor adventure for another day.

When you get there

  • Avoid crowds. Be prepared to go somewhere else or come back another time if your destination looks crowded.
  • Practice physical distancing. Keep six feet between you and those outside your immediate household. Launch one boat at a time to give others enough space to launch safely. Leave at least one parking space between your vehicle and the vehicle next to you. Trailer your boat in the same way.
  • Wash your hands often. Keep up on personal hygiene and bring your own water, soap, and hand sanitizer with you.
  • Pack out what you pack in. Take any garbage with you, including disposable gloves and masks.