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Matthiessen State Park

Park Update:

The lower dells area of Matthiessen State Park is closed due to mud from floodwaters of the Vermillion River.  Visitors will only have access to the upper dells above the canyons and waterfalls.

Horse trails are currently closed due to muddy conditions.

All other parking lots and trails at the park remain open.  Please use caution while hiking on muddy trails during this time of year.


Canyons, streams, prairie and forest combine to delight visitors at Matthiessen State Park. Located in central LaSalle County, approximately 4 miles south of Utica and 3 miles east of Oglesby, Matthiessen is a paradise for those interested in geology, as well as recreation. Visitors can expect to see beautiful rock formations in addition to unusual and abundant vegetation and wildlife. All of this, along with park and picnic facilities, make Matthiessen State Park a popular choice for an outing.

 Matthiessen Brochure.pdfMatthiessen Brochure.pdfMatthiessen Trail Map 2.pdfMatthiessen Trail Map 2.pdf

Park Information:

Northwestern Illinois

Box 509
Utica IL 61373



N: 41.286
W: -89.025

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