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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.

 

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 Region 1 - Northwestern Illinois

 
    Last updated: 4/12/2019
    • Anderson Lake - Closed due to flooding.
    • 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 Bend SFWA - Due to flooding on the Rock River, parts of Big Bend SFWA have been closed.
    • Castle Rock State Park - Visitors to the area should be aware that the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has started renovation road work on Illinois Highway 2 which runs through the park; this work is scheduled to run from April through November 2018.  There will be stop light delays on the portion of Route 2 that runs from Oregon, IL to Grand Detour, IL.   In May 2018 the north bound lane will be closed at Grand Detour, IL; a detour to Oregon IL will be posted.  Detour routes to Castle Rock will be posted by IDOT as the project progresses.
    • French Bluff State Nautral Area - will be closed to all but permitted hunters for the Firearm Deer Seasons, 16-18 Nov and 29 Nov - Dec 2, and Muzzleloader only Season, 7-9 Dec
    • 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.
    • Henderson Creek Access Area closed due to the Mississippi River flooding.
    • Hennepin Canal Closures: The Canal Visitor Center is closed until further notice.
    • 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.
    • 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 - Sunrise Council, Wildcat Bog, and Ancient Oaks day use areas are closed until further notice.
    • Johnson-Sauk Trail State Recreation Area - will be closed to the public November 8th and 9th due to DOO shotgun deer hunting season.
    • Kishwaukee River SFWA - is closed. 
    • LaSalle Lake - Open daily, 6:00 a.m. - Sunset. All fishermen must be off the site by closing time each day.  There is a wind warning system at LaSalle Lake. Orange windsocks are located on interior dikes throughout the lake. When the windsocks are erect, wind speeds are 14 mph or above and no boats are to be launched; boats on the lake should find calm water and get off the lake when safe to do so.
    • Marseilles State Fish and Wildlife Area - Closed to hunting and access January 15, 2017.  Reopens for hunting September 1, 2017. Due to the Illinois National Guard's training needs Marseilles State Fish and Wildlife Area will be closed to hunting Wednesday October 19 and Thursday October 20 in addition to Friday, Saturday and Sundays throughout the month of October. Gate #80 (Area B) will be closed to all Hunting and access on Saturday, November 3 due to National Guard activities.
    • Marshall State Fish and Wildlife Area - primitive camping is closed, and the boat launch is covered, however you can still launch a boat from the road.
    • Matthiessen - All horse trails and the lower dells area trails are closed due to flooding and muddy trail conditions as of May 2nd until further notice.  Parking lots and bluff trails remain open but visitors are asked to use caution while hiking and dress appropriately for traversing muddy trails. 
    • Mautino State Fish & Wildlife Area - The road into this area is closed until further notice for repairs.   Walk in access is allowed but visiting public should be aware of the large equipment being used to repair road.
    • Mississippi Palisades State Park - will be closed, except for the campground, for the Firearm Deer Seasons, 16-18 Nov and 29 Nov - 2 Dec.
    • Morrison Rockwood State Park - Morrison Rockwood's boat ramp will be closing on August 6, 2018 for the season. Construction of a new ramp and boat docks will begin on that date. We apologize for any inconvenience.
    • Pekin Lake – is closed to all vehicle access due to road deterioration, walk-in access is allowed.
    • Rice Lake - Closed due to flooding.
    • Rock Cut - The IDNR is alerting site visitors of expected traffic changes during road improvement projects this spring, summer and fall at Rock Cut State Park in Winnebago Co.  Details are available at this link:
      https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/news/Documents/RockCutTrafficAdvisory.pdf
    • Rock Island Trail – is closed at 2 locations. Mile 13.4 to Mile 13.9 is closed due to flood damage. This area is located 2.5 miles north of Princeville. The trail is also closed just east of the Spoon River Bridge at Mile 22. This area is 2 miles west of Wyoming and 2.7 miles east of Toulon.
    • Starved Rock - All trails at Starved Rock State park are now open. 
      The lower parking lot and boat ramp remain flooded and closed.
      Park maps can be found at every intersection on the trails to help guide visitors through the park.  Visitors may download a free trail map at www.dnr.illinois.gov under the Parks and Recreation tab -Starved Rock.
      The Starved Rock Lodge, Visitor Center, Campground and trails are open. Matthiessen lower dells and horseback trails remain closed to visitors.  All other trails and parking lots at Matthiessen are open.
      The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) reminds outdoors enthusiasts that the property acquired recently by the IDNR to expand recreation at Starved Rock and Matthiessen state parks (the former Lone Star/Buzzi Unicem USA property) is not open to the public at this time. The entire 2,629-acre parcel will remain closed to the public while the property is evaluated for future recreational opportunities, and planning and installation of recreation facilities occurs. Violators face arrest for criminal trespass to State supported land, which is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by fines up to $2,500 and up to one year in jail. Any questions may be directed to Starved Rock State Park at 815-667-4726.

      Visitors should be aware that if the park reaches maximum capacity (meaning no parking spaces remain), the park may be closed for safety reasons until parking becomes available. Motorists are reminded not to park along park roads or public highways. This may prevent emergency vehicles from getting through. Vehicles parked illegally will be towed at the owner's expense. Visitors may check for information on park crowds and possible temporary closures as they near the park by tuning to the Starved Rock radio station on 1610 AM; updates are also on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' (IDNR) Facebook page and the IDNR Twitter feed @IllinoisDNR.

     

      • White Pines Forest - Due to the recent snow and rain we've received vehicular access to the day use area between the first two fords is currently restricted due to high water. The area is accessible via the pedestrian foot bridges. The campground remains open and can be accessed by using the entrance road near the southwest corner of the park.
      • Woodford State Fish and Wildlife Area - is closed.

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 Region 2 - Northeastern Illinois

 
    Last updated: 5/15/2019
    • Chain O'Lakes State Park-  Due to flooding, the campground is closed until Sunday 07/16/17. Oak Point is also    closed. Park closes every year on October 31st  until January 1st for Hunting.
    • Des Plaines State Fish & Wildlife Area –  North River Road from I-55 west to Blodgett Road is closed due to flooding from the Kankakee River. The road going to the boat launch and loop area is also closed due to flooding from the Kankakee River. Parking Lots 9 & 10 are also closed due to flooding from the Kankakee River.
      These areas will be closed until further notice.  The trap range is open from January 9th, 2018 thru October 29th, 2019.  The Class "C" Campground will be closed indefinitely. 
    • Goose Lake Prairie – Goose Lake will be closed to the public during all firearm deer hunting seasons. 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 currently Closed for snowmobiling.
      • The trail is closed due to a structural collapse between Gebhard Woods State Park in Morris east to Calhoun St. 
      • 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 –   All turkey hunting areas except the actual bike trail itself will be closed to mushroom hunters ans ALL users except KRSP permitted turkey hunters until 1pm daily from April 10th through May 11th, 2017 for the Spring Turkey Hunting Season. The biketrail remains open but users should STAY ON THE TRAIL.
      Potawatomi & Chippewa Campgrounds are closed for the 2019 season until further notice. The visitor center is closed until further notice. Boat launches may intermittently be closed due to high water.  
      Some of the restrooms may be closed due to maintenance issues.  The main park closes at 6:00 PM. Equestrian campground has no water available. Reservations on ReserveAmerica.com are highly recommended.
    • McHenry Dam - Site will be closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day. 
    • Momence Wetlands - The area is closed to mushroom hunters and all users except MW permitted turkey hunters until 1pm daily from April 10th through May 11th, 2017 for Spring Turkey Hunting Season.
    • Moraine Hills - Site will be closed for the 7 day statewide firearm deer season. Will also be closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
    • Silver Springs - The trap and archery ranges are open March 1 - October 18 seven days a week, 8 a.m. to sunset. October 19 -  January 13 the ranges are only open Mondays & Tuesdays due to pheasant season. The ranges will be completely closed January 14 - February 28 for coyote season. The equestrian trail is closed September 1 - February 28 for hunting season. December 1 - April 1 the West/Main entrance to the park closes for the winter. The East entrance remains open all year round.
    • Volo Bog - Site will be closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

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 Region 3 - East Central Illinois

 
    Last updated: 1/14/2019
    • Clinton Lake State Recreation AreaCamping is available year-round and the shower buildings and water facilities are available for the season.  Boondocks Grill and Bait is open for the 2019 season.  Mascoutin Beach will be open Friday, May 24 through Monday, September 2.  The fish cleaning station at Mascoutin boat ramp is currently closed, pending water line repairs. North Fork fish cleaning station is closed indefinitely.
    • Eagle CreekEagle Creek State Recreation Area –  The campground, water and showers are now open for the season. The high water boat ramp is open, no dock is available.  The fish cleaning station is open .  All trails are open. The golf course is open weather and course conditions dictate availability of play.
    • Fox Ridge State Park – The road leading to the North canoe access just past Ridge Lake will be closed Wednesday June 6th for road repairs. Both the North and South canoe access roads are open and no longer closed due to flooding.  Shower house, cabins and brick pavilion will be closed November 1 and reopen April 15, 2018. Due to damage from a fallen tree, the Monkey Bars and Hand Walk Bar are closed on the fitness trail until further notice. Camping, showers, cabins and the brick pavilion will be closed November 1 and reopen April 15, 2018.
    • Hidden Springs –  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 have re-opened for fishing. Water hydrants and class C camping are open for the season
    • Kickapoo  - Pond 6 Area road is closed indefinitely.
    • Lincoln Trail Homestead - Camping reservations can be made @ www.reserveamerica.com.
    • Lincoln Trail State Park - The restaurant/concession is open for the season.
    • Middle Fork SFWA – The horse trails and campgrounds are open for the season. Water is available. During spring months, please call ahead (217-442-4915) for trail and camping conditions.
    • Moraine View State Recreation Area –  The beach is now closed for the season.  The main and primitive campgrounds are open as well as Tall Timber Group Camp.  The dump station, showers and horseback camp are open. Timber Trails Horse concession and Old Orchard group camp is closed.  Moraine View Restaurant & kayak Rental is now open for bait, soft drinks, kayak and boat rental.  May 27th will be a grand opening of the full menu restaurant with daily hours 7am to 7pm.
    • Shelbyville - **The following access areas are closed at the time of this report due to local flooding of the West Okaw and Kaskaskia River or poor road conditions:  Cooks Roads Area @ middle gate and Elder’s pond.
      ***All waterfowl hunting is now closed at Shelbyville SF&WA.
    • All shelters at Lincoln Trail Homestead and Spitler Woods SNA are once again available for online reservations. Reservations can be made at www.ReserveAmerica.com.
      Conservation Order Light Geese (snow/blue/ross’ geese) is open Feb 1st – March 31st 2019.  Please revisit the rules within the 2019 hunting and trapping regulations for Conservation Light Order.
      Spitler Woods – Park is open daily to the public for trail access. Both the Twisted Sister Bridge area and the small bridge immediately following that area are now open to the public. The Long Creek Bridge remains closed indefinitely.  All restroom facilities are closed and the water is turned off for the winter season.
      Online pavilion reservations are closed annually from November 1 through March 31st and will reopen April 1, 2019. Reservations can be made @ www.reserveamerica.com
    • Walnut Point State Park – The concession, camping and shower building are now open for the season.
    • Weldon Springs State Park – The campground is open year-round and the water and shower facilities are available for the season.  The boat rental and concession operation is currently closed.  Union School Interpretive Center will be open to the public on weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  Black Locust Group Camp is closed until further notice.  Beaver Dam Trail is closed due to a foot bridge wash out.
    • Wolf Creek State Park – The campground, water and showers are now open for the season.  The boat ramp is open however the boat dock has been damaged by high winds, boaters should use caution in this area pending repairs. The fish cleaning station is temporarily closed for repairs.  The horse camp and trails are closed, weather dependent, conditions are muddy with heavy spring rains.  The Wolf Creek horse concession is closed.  Overlook trail is closed, all other hiking trails are open. The Wolf Creek Beach is closed until Memorial Day Weekend pending lake conditions.

     

 

 Region 4 - West Central Illinois

 
    Last updated: 5/3/2019
       
    • Baldwin Lake -  Park hours are 6am - 9pm. 
    • Beaver Dam State Park - The concession is open for the season.  Hours of operation are Wednesday - Monday 6am - 8pm.  Closed on Tuesdays.  The fish cleaning station is open
    • Fall Creek Rest Area - Visitors are reminded to take all litter with them.
    • Frank Holten State Park – The Northview pavilion is closed. 
    • Horseshoe Lake State Park (Madison County) - the Bend Road area is closed to vehicle traffic; however, open for foot and bike traffic.  Camping is closed for the season.
    • 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 -  Due to heavy rains and flooding, Olive Branch and Palmerton Roads are closed until further notice.  The trails and hunting areas will be closed until 1pm daily starting April 15 until May 16 for Spring Turkey Hunting.  Please call the office for additional trail information at 217-452-7741, which is updated daily after 9am.  Office hours are 8am to 4pm, Tuesday through Saturday or a time for return will be posted on the door.  Office is closed on Monday and Sundays. 
    • Kaskaskia River Area - the following boat ramps are closed due to flooding: Jerry F Costello Lock and Dam, Evansville, Joe's Landing, Beck's Landing and White Swan.
    • Madigan State Park - Due to flooding, the parking lot at the canoe launch and the road at Shelter 4 is closed.   Visitors should be alert for any other flooding that may occur. Salt Creek water level continues to rise.  The road to the South Annex is closed.
    • Nauvoo State Park - The museum is open for the season.
    • Pere Marquette State Park –  Due to flooding of the Illinois River, the Large Riverside Small Riverside and Stone Shelter of PMSP Harbor as well as the harbor ramps itself are closed.   The equestrian day use trails East of Graham Hollow are closed for the hunting season.  The Upper Group camps have closed for the season. The Visitor Center has new hours of operation.  Monday - Saturday: 8:30am - 3:30pm.  Park information, programs and closure information is available at 618-786-3323, extension option 4. 
    • Sand Ridge State Forest -  All seasonal forest venues are open.  Please call the office after 9am:  309-597-2212 for forest, trail and prescribed burning information, updated daily.  
    • Sangchris Lake SP - Deer Run dump station is closed until further notice.  Campers are asked to use Hickory Point dump station.  Due to wet weather, the horse trails are closed until further notice.  Cabin #30 is also closed until further notice.
    • Siloam Springs State Park - Equestrian trails and concession area are open for the season.
    • Weinberg King State Park - Equestrian trails are closed for the season.

     

     

     

 

 Region 5 - Southern Illinois

 
    Last updated: 5/6/2019
    • Beall Woods - Tuliptree is open.  White Oak - Upland is open and bottomland is closed. Schneck, Sweet Gum and Ridgeway trails are closed.
    • Dixon Springs State Park - The pool has closed for the season. It will reopen in 2019. Cabins and Barracks are closed until the end of March.
    • Embarras River Bottoms State Habitat Area - is closed due to flooding.
    • Fort Defiance - The area is under water and only accessible by boat, fishing is allowed from the bank.
    • Fort Massac –  The boat ramp is now closed due to rising waters. The 1912 restrooms and Rock Toilet restrooms are closed for repairs due to flood damage. The inside of the 1802 American Fort will be closed to the public until further notice for public safety.
    • Giant City State Park - The horse trail is open but riders should follow detour signs where posted.
    • Golconda Marina –  Rauchfuss Hill is currently closed.
    • Horseshoe Lake - Alexander County - Most of the site is not accessible at this time due to flood waters. The lake is open to fish as well as the Public Hunting Area for snow goose hunting by boat only. The bike and hiking trails are currently closed.
    • Kinkaid Lake - Kinkaid Lake spillway is closed due to flooding.
    • Newton Lake – Section 6 Pond (Hamm James) is currently closed. The mountain bike trail is closed indefinitely due to washed out areas.​ 
    • Pyramid State Park - A portion of road going to the Boulder Lake boat ramp and campground will be closed due to water over the road.
    • Rauchfuss Hill - Closed until further notice.
    • Red Hills State Park - The Trace Inn is currently closed.
    • Rend Lake - The hunter access road has been closed due to the rising water levels of Rend Lake. Power has also been turned off at Hickmans Point Campground due to the flooding.
    • Sahara Woods - The OHV construction area at Sahara Woods will be closed to all activities until further notice due to ongoing construction. This includes roughly 1400 acres of the northwest part of the park.
    • Stephen A Forbes State Park - 2/14/19 Circle Drive Picnic area is currently closed due to soft entrance roads. The beach is closed for the season. It will re-open May 25th, 2019. Lakeside Restaurant and Marina are currently closed. Information concerning opening will be posted when available. The equestrian trails are closed for hunting season and safety concerns. They will re-open on May 10th, 2019.
    • Trail of Tears State Forest - North and South Forest Roads will be closed December 24 through the end of Spring Turkey Season. 
    • Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park - Shelters are closed for the winter. Class "A" camping area, bike trail and shelter areas are closed for a disabled shotgun deer hunt November 2nd, 3rd and 4th and will reopen Monday, November 5th. Shady Rest camping loop will reopen by 9 am Monday morning and will stay open the remainder of the winter.