Advisory: Illinois Conservation Police Ask Starved Rock Visitors to Observe Trail Closure Signs
UTICA, IL – Illinois Conservation Police Officers issued 23 citations to hikers violating restricted areas of Starved Rock State Park over the Fourth of July weekend. Some areas of the park remain closed due to dangerous conditions caused by storms that hit the area a week ago. Hanging limbs and damaged trees could still fall and cause injury. Crews are working as fast as possible to clear downed trees and other debris. Posts and signs have been installed to alert hikers to closed trails.
“Help our site staff and Conservation Police Officers keep hikers and other park visitors safe by observing signs and other warnings,” said Rafael Gutierrez, Chief of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police. “Officers will enforce closures and issue citations to people entering areas that are off-limits. Give our cleanup crews time to do their jobs.”
Strong straight-line winds swept across northern Illinois on July 1, causing widespread damage. The main trail system within the park remains closed. The Visitor Center and Lodge are open during normal business hours. The trail to Starved Rock remains open as do the Illinois, Ottawa and Kaskaskia Canyon trails at the east end of the park. Trails at nearby Matthiessen State Park are open.
Starved Rock is the state’s most visited state park with about two million visits annually. For more information, visit: http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/i&m/east/starve/park.htm
For up-to-date information on closures at other IDNR sites, visit: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/closures/Pages/default.aspx