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Current Closures of DNR Sites and Areas

This page lists current closures of DNR Sites and Areas, by geographic region.

  1. - Northwestern Illinois
  2. - Northeastern Illinois
  3. - East Central Illinois
  4. - West Central Illinois
  5. - Southern Illinois

Notices are updated on a continuous basis, so please check before you start your trip.

During hunting season, many sites are closed or partially closed to the public. Public should contact the site directly for closure updates and/or winter hours before going to site.​​​​​​​​

Region 1 - Northwestern Illinois

    Last updated: 4/27/2016
      • Argyle Lake State Park - The shower building at Argyle Lake State Park is closed to the public until renovation work can be completed.  This is the only shower building in the campground at Argyle Lake. The structure was already undergoing roof replacement but that project is suspended. The condition of the building deteriorated during the winter months, and may pose a safety hazard.   

      • Big River State Forest - Lower campground is closed - 15 camp sites  

      • Castle Rock State Park - Canoe camping area is closed for the season; will reopen Spring 2016

      • Castle Rock State Park - the boat ramps are open, however, the boat docks have not yet been put in.

      • Henderson County – Gladstone Lake, also known as Henderson County, is partially open. Facilities that are available: picnic shelter, privies, water, and a partially opened campground (approximately 10 campsites available), and shoreline fishing. Please call Big River State Forest prior to visiting Gladstone Lake – 309-374-2496
      • Hennepin Canal Closures: 
      • The section from Lock 26 to I-80, 4.8 miles, continues to remain "Closed". No repairs have been completed on this portion of the trail. At Lock 27 just to the west of the Aqueduct 8, (Green River), there is a breach in the levee some 75' - 80' wide and 15' - 20' deep. Other portions of this trail segment are not completely washed out, but eroded leaving "drop offs" to the point where in some spots the trail is only 4' - 5' wide.
      • Due to the replacement of the I-80 bridge over the Hennepin Canal (just west of the Visitors Center), this section of trail is temporarily closed.
      • The wells at Lock 21, Lock 22 and Lock 24 are not working; due to budget constraints it is unknown when these will be repaired.  The only potable water available is at the Visitors Center well. 
      • Illini State Park Closures:  
        •  Wildcat Bog day use area is closed until further notice.  Sunrise Council, a CCC shelter, is closed indefinitely.  Please call before visiting the park.   
        • Mallard Bay, River Meadows and Ancient Oaks shelters are closed for the season; open for rental May 1, 2016.
        • Camping:  Great Falls open with shower building closed for the season, Whitetail Campground is closed for the season.
      •  Jubilee College State Park - The following areas will be closed:  Camping Loop C and Turkey Hollow Picnic Shelter.
      • LaSalle Lake - Opened for fishing on March 15th, 2016.   It will be open daily from 6 a.m. - sunset (Hours may be adjusted due to staffing issues, so visitors should call ahead 815-357-1608 to confirm operating hours).  All fishermen must be off the lake by closing time each day.  Visitors are also reminded the LaSalle Lake is a perched lake and can become turbulent during windy or inclement weather; please be aware of the lake conditions at all times.  There is a wind warning system at LaSalle Lake.  It is located on the tip of the internal dike that extends from the west shore.  When the light of the wind warning system is flashing, no boats are to be launched and boats on the lake should find calm water and get off the lake when safe to do so.
      • Lowden - The Blackhawk statue is currently undergoing renovations and is covered in a tarp. Renovations are expected to be completed summer 2016.  
      • Lowden-Miller State Forest - Spring turkey hunting is underway, therefore, the equestrian trails will be open AFTER 1 p.m. each day until May 13th.
      • Mackinaw State Fish & Wildlife Area -  Road is closed until further notice due to needed repairs.
      • Marseilles State Fish and Wildlife Area - Closed to hunting and access January 15, 2016.  Reopens for hunting September 1, 2016
      • Matthiessen State Park -  Ziggy and River trails continue to be closed due to trail damage and erosion.  Hiking trails at Matthiessen State Park are OPEN.
      • Morrison Rockwood State Park - access to park trails will be closed until 1 p.m. daily from April 11th through May 4th, 2016 in order to accommodate spring turkey hunters.
      • Pekin Lake – is closed to all vehicle access due to road deterioration, walk-in access is allowed 
      • Prophetstown State Park - Campground is closed for season; scheduled to reopen on or around May 1st, 2016
      • Rock Island Trail – The trail is closed to all traffic from Wyoming (Mile 20) to the Spoon River bridge (Mile 22) and from mile 22.75 to Mile 23.5; both of these closed areas are between Wyoming and Toulon.  The trail is open from Wyoming to Alta.  New closure:  From Streitmatter Road (mile 12.2) to County Line Road (Mile 13.8) between Wyoming and Princeville.
      • Spring Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area - The Pine and Oak campgrounds will be closed for the winter (November 1, 2015 through April 30, 2016).   Scheduled to reopen on May 1st, 2016.    
      • Starved Rock State Park - All areas are now open.




Region 2 - Northeastern Illinois

    Last updated: 4/26/2016
    • Des Plaines State Fish & Wildlife Area –  Millikin Lake remains closed. The Class "C" Campground will be closed indefinetly. Areas 9 & 10 are closed due to flooding. 
    • Goose Lake Prairie – Goose Lake Prairie Visitor Center may be closed on weekends due to staffing, please call to verify hours of operation.
    • I&M Canal – The trail is closed due to a structural collapse between Gebhard Woods State Park in Morris east to Calhoun St.  We advise that bikers and walkers use the city streets to "go around the block" to bypass the closure.. Snowmobilers may not go on the city streets. A detour for snowmobiles is set up through the park but is only open if Nettle Creek is frozen. The I&M Canal State Trail between the Buffalo Rock Access (west of Ottawa) and Utica is only partially opened. Trail users can only go up to the point of the washout. At that point, they will need to return in the same direction they came. 
    • Kankakee River –  IDOT closure of the bridge on Rt. 102. The visitor center is closed until further notice. Boat launches may intermittently be closed due to high water. Horseback riding stables are closed. Some of the restrooms may be closed due to maintenance issues. Potawatomi & Chippewa Campgrounds will be closed for the 2016 season due to improvement projects. The main park closes at 6:00 PM. Equestrian campground has no water available. Reservations on are highly recommended. IL Route 102 in front of the park entrance will be closed March 1st - September 30th, 2016.

Region 3 - East Central Illinois

    Last updated: 4/29/2016

    North Zone Spring Turkey Hunting Season begins April 11th and runs through May 12th, 2016.  Many parks in East Central Illinois will be closed to Mushroom Hunting until 1:00 pm daily during this hunting season.  Contact the park you intend to visit for further information.

    • Clinton Lake State Recreation Area – All hunting areas including equestrian, hiking and bike trails will be closed to mushroom hunting until 1:00 pm daily from April 11th through May 12th for Spring Turkey Hunting season. The dock at West Side boat access is closed pending repairs. Camping, Shower buildings, water hydrants and dump stations are open.   North Fork fish cleaning station is closed indefinitely. Mascoutin/Main Park fish cleaning station is currently closed.   Boondocks Grill & Bait Concession is open for the season and the beach remains closed until Memorial Day Weekend.
    • Eagle Creek State Park –   The lake is now at Winter Pool.  Boat ramps are slick with mud/algae due to low lake levels, boaters should use extreme caution when launching boats.  Camping is available, call ahead for conditions prior to visiting 217/756-8260. The Fish Cleaning Station is open for the season.  The remaining trails are open, weather dependent. The golf course is open for the season.
    • Fox Ridge State Park –   The North and South Canoe Launches are now open.  Hurricane Pond is closed to fishing until further notice due to extreme fish kills from the harsh winter conditions in 2013/2014. The horse trail is open for the season. Nature's Corner is temporarily closed with a bridge out on Acorn Avenue affecting 1/2 mile of trail. Due to damage from a fallen tree, the Monkey Bars and Hand Walk Bar are closed on the fitness trail until further notice. Camping and showers are available for the season. The Brick Pavilion and Cabins are now open. 
    • Hidden Springs – All hunting areas including equestrian, hiking and bike trails will be closed to mushroom hunting until 1:00 pm Daily from April 11th through May 12th for Spring Turkey Hunting season. Big Tree Trail is closed indefinitely due to a large fallen tree from storm damage. Oak Ridge Hiking trail is closed indefinitely due to a bridge washout. Hickory and Sassafras ponds are closed to fishing until further notice due to extreme fish kills from the harsh winter conditions in 2013/2014. Water hydrants and class C camping are open for the season. 
    • Kickapoo –  All hunting areas including equestrian, hiking and bike trails will be closed to mushroom hunting until 1:00 pm Daily from April 11th through May 12th for Spring Turkey Hunting season. All campground loops are open.  Kickapoo Landing and Boat Concession is open for the season.  The shower buildings, water hydrants and dump stations  are open for the season.  Pond 6 area road is closed indefinitely.
    • Lincoln Trail Homestead – The day use access road is now open. Water is on  and restroom facilities are open for the season.
    • Lincoln Trail State Park - The restaurant/concession and bait shop are open. The Class A campground, water and showers are open for the season. Primitive camping is available year around.
    • Middle Fork SFWA –     All hunting areas including equestrian, hiking and bike trails will be closed to mushroom hunting until 1:00 pm Daily from April 11th through May 12th for Spring Turkey Hunting season. The horse trails and campgrounds are open for the season.  Water is available. Call ahead for trail and camping conditions prior to visiting 217/442-4915. 
    • Moraine View State Recreation Area –  The beach will open Memorial Day weekend.  The main and primitive campgrounds are open as well as the dump station.  The shower building will open May 2nd. The equestrian trails and horseback camp are open. Timber Trails Horse concession and Old Orchard group camp are closed indefinitely. Gibson's Concession will be open Wednesday - Sunday.
    • Shelbyville –  The following ponds are closed to fishing until further notice due to extreme fish kills from the harsh winter conditions in 2013/2014; Elder and Johnson Ponds. The following access areas are now open: Andres Bottom Access, Baine Hill Access, Bethany Boat Ramp - use normal water access, Cook's Bridge Access, County Pit Access, Denham Pit Access, Eden Street Access, Elder Pond Access, Fishhook Access, Hand Trap Range Road, Jonathan Creek Boat Access, McGee Waterfowl Area, Oathout Parking Lot, Old Nelson and Strickland Boat Access Areas, South Asa and South Dunn Access Areas.  Baine Hill Access Area is closed until further notice.
    • Spitler Woods –  Park entrance is open to the public for trail access where accessible by foot. Shelter reservations dates are available beginning April 1st (shelters are closed November 1st through March 31st annually). Water is  on for shelters and restroom facilities are open for the  season. Twisted Sister Bridge area is currently closed to the public for renovations - re-opening TBD.
    • Walnut Point State Park – The Concession and camping are open for the season the shower building remains temporarily closed for repairs.
    • Weldon Springs State Park – The shower building, campground dump station and all water hydrants are now open for the season. The concession boat rental and restaurant is currently closed. Black Locust Group Camp is closed until further notice. Beaver Dam Trail is currently closed due to a foot bridge wash out.  A collapsed footbridge on Lakeside Trail, just South of the campground is closed indefinitely. 
    • Wolf Creek State Park –  The lake is now at Winter Pool.  Boat ramps are slick with mud/algae due to low lake levels, boaters should use extreme caution when launching boats. The horse campground and trails are currently closed due to very wet conditions.  The Wolf Creek Beach is closed for the season. Camping is available and the fish cleaning station is open, please call ahead for conditions prior to visiting 217/756-8260. The horse camp and trails are open for the season. The Wolf Creek horse concession is closed at this time.

Region 4 - West Central Illinois

    Last updated: 4/14/2016
    • Beaver Dam State Park –  The Concession area is closed until further notice.  The fish cleaning station and dump station have been winterized  but remain open for use
    • Fall Creek Rest Area –  Visitors are reminded to take all litter with them.
    • Frank Holten State Park –  The Lighthouse Restaurant is open for business, offering a Friday Fish Fry as well as a Sunday Brunch.  Call (618) 398-9958 for days and hours of operation.
    • Horseshoe Lake State Park (Madison County) -  Campground is closed for the season and scheduled to re-open on May 1, 2016. 
    • Illinois Caverns – Site is closed due to White Nose Syndrome. Closures will be reviewed quarterly. Complete details has been listed in separate closure notice.
    • Jim Edgar Panther Creek –  The Equestrian and mountain bike trails are closed for the season. The office will be closed on Sundays and Mondays until further notice.   Please call the office for additional trail updates (217-452-7741).
    • Kaskaskia River Area –  The hours at Baldwin Lake are 6:00am to 7:00pm.  The horse trails at Baldwin Lake are closed for the season and scheduled to re-open on April 15, 2016.  
    • Nauvoo State Park – The shower facility, museum  and the dump station are closed for the season. 
    • Peabody River King - is open except the road past Beaver Lake due to flood damage. 
    • Pere Marquette State Park –    ​Please contact the Visitor Center at 618-786-2555 for further updates. The Visitor Center hours of operation are Monday thru Saturday 8:30am - 4:00pm.  The shower house in the Class A campground has been winterized for the season; this includes the fresh water hydrant at the Class A campground dump station, which remains open.  The Class A campground shower house is closed for the season.  The large Riverside shelter, small Riverside shelter and the Stone shelter are closed as a result of the flood; this includes the vault toilets at the harbor.  Approxiimately 125 yards of Sam Vadalabene bike trail are closed and barricaded due to the collapse of a Windsor retaining wall. The site has been cleaned and debris removed; however, the soil and wall are unstable.  The Equestrian trails EAST of Graham Hollow are open for horseback riding.
    • Sand Ridge State Forest - All campgrounds and  day use areas are open with the exception of the snow mobile trails, which are closed due to lack of snow.  Please call the office for daily trail updates after 9am:  309-597-2212 
    • Sangchris Lake -  All access areas, Hickory Point and Deer Run campgrounds and the fish cleaning station are open for the season
    • Siloam Springs – The equestrian trails and campground will open for the season on April 15th
    • Washington County CA - the shower house and the concession stand will open for the season
    • Weinberg King State Park – The equestrian trails are open for the season.​

Region 5 - Southern Illinois

    Last updated: 4/27/2016
    • Beall Woods State Park – Tuliptree and White Oak are currently open. Schneck, Sweet Gum and Ridgeway are all closed.
    • Ferne Clyffe - The Horse Trail is closed and re-open May 1, 2016. 
    • Fort Massac – The 1802 American Fort will be closed to the public until further notice.
    • Giant City State Park – The shower building in the Equestrian campground is closed. The Horse Trail and the Equestrian campground is closed and re-open. NOTE - May 1, 2016. Makanda Rd. will be closed April 29 - May 1, 2016, due to construction.  Access to Giant City State Park may be gained through the Giant City Rd. entrance from the north, or from the Water Valley Rd. access points from the south.
    • Golconda Marina –  Rauchfuss Hill is currently closed.
    • Horseshoe Lake - The East side campground and  West side campground are now open except for the shower house which is being repaired. The bike trail remains closed at this time.
    • Newton Lake – The mountain bike trail is closed indefinitely due to washed out areas.​ 
    • Ramsey Lake -  Ramsey Lake State Park will be closed indefinitely due to termination of electrical service.
    • Red Hills - Water to the campground has currently been shut off due to a water line leak and will remain off until spring 2016. For additional information please call the park office at 618-936-2469.
    • Stephen A Forbes - The equestrian campground and trail is closed for the season and will re-open next spring at the close of spring turkey season (south zone) on May 5, 2016.  
    • Trail of Tears -   The North and South Forest Roads will be closed to vehicle access December 24, 2015 thru May 5, 2016 (end of Spring Turkey season). The Horse Trail is closed and re-open May 1, 2016. 
    • Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park - The Bay Area Loop, Hickman's Point and Lakeview are down for repairs until approximately April 20, 2016. Please contact the site office at 618-629-2930 for more information.