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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: 9/25/2015
      • Big River State Forest - Lower campground is closed - 15 camp sites  

      • 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 water spicket at the designated camping / day use area at Lock 22 is out of order.  Currently, the only area that has potable water is Lock 21. 
      • Illini State Park –  Ancient Oaks and Wildcat Bog day use areas closed.  Sunrise Council, a CCC shelter, is closed indefinitely.  Please call before visiting the park.    
      • Jubilee College State Park - The following areas will be closed:  Camping Loop C and Turkey Hollow Picnic Shelter. 
      • Lowden - The Blackhawk statue is currently undergoing renovations and is covered in a tarp. Renovations are expected to be completed this fall.  
      • Matthiessen State Park -  Ziggy and River trails continue to be closed  due to trail damage and erosion.
      • Pekin Lake – is closed to all vehicle access due to road deterioration, walk-in access is allowed.        
      • 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 as 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.    ​ 


Region 2 - Northeastern Illinois

    Last updated: 9/1/2015
    • Des Plaines State Fish & Wildlife Area – The Class "C" Campground will be closed for the 2015 season. 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.
    • Heidecke Lake SFWA  will close October 6th, 2015 though April 1st, 2016. Hunting fields and Morris wetlands will be closed to the public October 1st through January 17th, 2016; they will be open to hunters.
    • I&M Canal – The canal trail between the 5 mile bridge (west of Morris) and Seneca is closed due to washouts (approximately 5 miles). The Nettle Creek Aqueduct in Morris collapsed during the April flooding. We advise bikers and walkers using city roads to "go around the block" to bypass it. Snowmobilers may not go on the city streets or detour through the park. Where both sections are closed, they must stop and turn around. The I&M Canal State Trail between the Buffalo Rock Access (west of Ottawa) and Utica is closed due to extensive flood damage. Approx. 5 miles. The camping sites near Buffalo Rock are also closed as they are within the closed section of trail. The canal trail between Ottawa and Marseilles is closed due to flooding. Approx. 5 miles.
    • Kankakee River –  The visitor center is closed until further notice. The equestrian trails are closed due to flooding. The bike trail is closed in areas due to high water and washouts. The east entrance may be closed due to road resurfacing. 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 Campground will be closed for the 2015 season due to improvement projects.  The main park closes at 8:00 PM. Equestrian campground has no water available. Reservations on are highly recommended.

Region 3 - East Central Illinois

    Last updated: 10/2/2015


    • Clinton Lake State Recreation Area – The Waterfowl Refuge Area (from the DeWitt Bridge East to the Rt. 48 Bridge) will close by 1:00 pm on October 9th, 2015 and will re-open no later than 3:00 pm on March 31st, 2015.  The campground, boat ramp and day use area will be closed October 30th at 3:00 pm through the 31st until 2:00 pm for the Annual Youth Pheasant Hunt - these areas will re-open November 1st.  The shower buildings are open for the season.  North Fork fish cleaning station is closed indefinitely.  Mascoutin/Main Park fish cleaning station is now closed for the season.   Boondocks Grill & Bait Concession and the beach are closed for the season.
    • Eagle Creek State Park –  Illini Trail is currently closed due to high water.  Camping and shower facilities are available.  The lake is at normal pool and one courtesy dock is now open to the public. The Fish Cleaning Station is open for the season.  All Trails are open. The golf course is open to the public.
    • Fox Ridge State Park –   Hurricane Pond is closed to fishing until further notice due to extreme fish kills from the harsh winter conditions in 2013/2014. The South canoe launch access area is open.  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 the shower building, cabins and pavilion are open for the season
    • Hidden Springs – Big Tree Trail is closed temporarily 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.
    • Kickapoo – The Mountain Bike Trails are now open. Pond 6 area road is closed due to wet conditions.  Sportsman's Lake Rd and Riverview Rd from I-74 overpass to Cemetery Rd are now open.  Kickapoo Landing and Boat Concession will open April 6th for the season.  Water is on and the dump stations are open.  Shower building #2 and camping are available for the season. Shower building #1 is open, but no hot water pending repairs.
    • Lincoln Trail Homestead – The day use access road is now open for the season. Water is turned on and restroom facilities are now open.
    • Lincoln Trail State Park - The restaurant/concession is open for the season.   All campground areas are open including showers.   Water at the campground is on.
    • Middle Fork SFWA –   Portions of the horse campground and horse trails are now open to the public - clean up operations continue due to flash flooding and other areas will remain closed until further notice. Call ahead for trail and camping conditions prior to visiting 217/442-4915. 
    • Moraine View State Recreation Area – The beach is closed for the season.  The main and primitive campgrounds are now open.  The shower building and dump station are open. The equestrian trails are now open for day riding, Timber Trails concession will open May 16th,  call 309/287-6879 for details.   Old Orchard group camp is closed indefinitely. The horseback camp is open for the season. Gibson's Concession is now open for the season.
    • 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. Wood Duck Pond is now open to fishing. The following access areas are now open and/or with limited access: Bain Hill Access; Andres Bottom Access; Bethany Boat Ramp - use normal water level boat access; Denham Pit Access; Eden Street Access; Elder Pond Access; Fishhook Access; Hand Trap Range Road; Jonathan Creek Boat Ramp; Mc Gee Waterfowl Area; Oathout Parking Lot; Old Nelson Boat Access; South Asa Access and South Dunn Access,Cook's Bridge Access and Strickland Boat Access.
    • Spitler Woods – Site is open to the public for trail access and shelter reservations. Water is on and restroom facilities are open for the season. Twisted Sister Bridge area is currently closed to the public for renovations to be complete late Summer 2015.
    • Walnut Point State Park – Concession and shower buildings are open for the season. 
    • Weldon Springs State Park – The concession/restaurant is closed. The Black Locust Group Camp is closed until further notice. Beaver Dam Trail is currently closed due to a foot bridge wash out.
    • Wolf Creek State Park – The Horse campground and trails are open. Call ahead for trail and camping conditions prior to visiting 217/756-8260. The Wolf Creek Beach is closed for the season.  The campground and both shower buildings are open for the season. Boat ramp parking lot repairs are complete with new boat docks and walkways. This area is now open to the public. The fish cleaning and dump stations are open for the season.  The Wolf Creek horse concession is closed at this time.  ​ 

Region 4 - West Central Illinois

    Last updated: 9/28/2015
    • Beaver Dam State Park –  The Concession area is closed until further notice.      
    • Eldon Hazlet State Park - The Allen Branch fish cleaning station is open.  Please call the office at 618-594-3015 for updates.  
    • Fall Creek Rest Area –  Visitors are reminded to take all litter with them.
    • Frank Holten State Park –  Due to flooding, the following pavilions are closed: North View.  The Lighthouse Restaurant is open for business, offering a Friday Fish Fry as well as a Sunday Brunch.  Call (618) 398-9999 for days and hours of operation.
    • Horseshoe Lake State Park (Madison Cty) - campground is open.
    • 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 trails are open at this time. The office will be closed on Sundays and Mondays until further notice.   All mountain bike trails are open for the season as is Questing Hills campground.  Please call the office for additional trail updates (217-452-7741).
    • Kaskaskia River Area –  hours at Baldwin Lake are 6:00am - 9:00pm. The horse trails at Baldwin Lake will be closing Oct 1 - April 15th.
    • Nauvoo State Park – The shower facility and the dump station are open for the season.  The  museum is open
    • 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.  Approximately 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.
    • Sand Ridge State Forest –  All trails, 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 campgrounds and access areas, including the fish cleaning station are open.
    • Siloam Springs – The equestrian trails along with the campground are open;   Hickory campground has re-opened.
    • Weinberg King State Park – The equestrian trails are open.​

Region 5 - Southern Illinois

    Last updated: 10/2/2015
    • Beall Woods State Park – Tuliptree, White Oak, Schneck, Sweet Gum and Ridgeway are all open.
    • Fort Massac – The 1802 American Fort will be closed to the public until further notice. The boat ramp at Fort Massac State Park will be closed from 6:00am on October 16th until 8:00pm on October 18th for the Encampment Special Events period.
    • Giant City State Park – The shower building in the Equestrian campground is closed.
    • Golconda Marina –  Rauchfuss Hill is currently closed.
    • Newton Lake – The mountain bike trail is closed indefinitely due to washed out areas.​ 
    • Stephen A Forbes - The Lakeside Restaurant and Marina are closed for the season.
    • Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park - Class A Campground Hickman's Point loop campsites #32 through #62 will remain open all winter. Bay Area loop will close on November 2, 2015; Lakeview loop will close on November 23, 2015; Lookout Point loop, Shady Rest loop and Primitive Camping will close on October 19, 2015 - these sites will remain closed until approximately April 1, 2016. Shelters 1, 2, 3 and 4, along with accompanying day use areas will close on November 2, 2015 and will also remain closed until approximately April 1, 2016.