COVID-19 UPDATES: Keeping Visitors Healthy

Big Ridge State Park


2020 COVID-19 Update

Most state park boat rental operations will open this summer. Hours and operating procedures will vary by park. Each park will implement additional safety and sanitation protocols to protect park staff and visitors and encourage social distancing. All boaters are encouraged to bring their own life jacket or approved personal floatation device (PFD).


Rowboat rentals are available on the 49-acre Big Ridge Lake. The boat dock is open seasonally from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Please call the park office for specific hours of operation. Visitors may use their own electric trolling motors on park rowboats. Privately owned boats can be launched on Big Ridge Lake for a nominal fee. 


Fishing boats, ski boats, and wave runners can be launched at the boat ramp on Norris Lake just outside the park entrance drive. Due to the low lake level, there is no access to the boat ramp on Norris Lake during winter months. 


Row Boat Hourly $5.00 
Row Boat Three Day $50.00
Row Boat Overnight $20.00 
Row Boat Weekly $77.00

Lake Use Permit Boating Day $5.00