DuPont State Recreational Forest (DSRF) is expected to receive a high number of visitors over the Memorial Day weekend. Visitors should expect limited parking at all Access Areas and higher than normal temperatures that could lead to heat-related medical impacts.
Forest officials recommend that visitors prepare for hot weather by being hydrated, applying skin protection from the sun, and avoiding the hottest parts of the day.
While DSRF has several lakes that are popular swimming locations, many visitors seek out the rivers and streams for recreation and relief from the heat. These natural areas may present such hazards as fast-moving water, slippery surfaces, and uneven footing that could lead to accidents.
Parking on the shoulders of public highways may be restricted in certain areas. Visitors should use caution when attempting to park outside of DSRF Access Areas.
“Holiday weekends are understandably a popular time to get outside and enjoy DuPont. We hope that a prepared visitor will have an enjoyable and safe experience”, stated Jason Guidry, DSRF Supervisor. “ If crowded conditions are not what a particular visitor desires, shifting their travel plans to weekdays, or early morning and late afternoon visits, can often offer less congested conditions on the Forest.”.