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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: 4/21/2017

     

    • Apple River Canyon Salem/ Thompson Unit - Will be closed to non-hunters until 1 p.m. daily from April 10, 2017 through May 11, 2017 due to spring turkey hunting.
    • 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 - All equestrian and hiking trails will be closed daily until 1 p.m. from April 10, 2017 through May 11, 2017 due to Spring Turkey Hunting.
    • Castle Rock State Park - The canoe campground is closed until spring.
    • Castle Rock State Park - The south trails area of the park will be closed from 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m. each day for spring turkey season April 10 - May 11, 2017
    • Franklin Creek - All equestrian trails are closed until further notice due to wet conditions.
    • French Bluff - Closed to non-hunters until 1 p.m. from April 10 - May 11, 2017 due to spring turkey hunting season.
    • Hanover Bluff -  Will be closed to non-hunters until 1 p.m. daily from April 10, 2017 through May 11, 2017 due to spring turkey hunting.
    • 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 -  Sunrise Council, Wildcat Bog, and Ancient Oaks day use areas are closed until further notice. 
    • Iris & Jack Witkowsky Wildlife Area -    Will be closed to non-hunters until 1 p.m. daily from April 10, 2017 through May 11, 2017 due to spring turkey hunting.
    • Johnson Sauk Trail State Park - Ottawa, Potawatomi, and Kaskaskia trails will be closed daily until 1 p.m. from April 10, 2017 through May 3, 2017 due to spring turkey hunting.
    • Jubilee College State Park - The following areas will remain closed:  Turkey Hollow Picnic Shelter
    • Kishwaukee State Fish & Wildlife Area - will be closed daily until 1 p.m. from April 10, 2017 - May 11, 2017 due to spring turkey hunting.
    • LaSalle Lake  -  Opened March 15, 2017 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.
    • Lowden Miller State Forest - The entire state forest will be closed from 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m. each day for the spring turkey season April 10 - May 11, 2017
    • Lowden State Park -  Blackhawk Statue is being covered with a tarp for the winter months to keep snow & ice off the statue and, therefore, the public will not be able to view the statue this winter
    • Lowden State Park - The shower building and White Oak camping area are closed for the winder.  The main campground remains open. 
    • 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
    • Marshall State Fish & Wildlife Area - All trails will be closed daily until 1 p.m. from April 10, 2017 through May 3, 2017 due to spring turkey hunting.
    • Matthiessen State Park - Bike and horse trails are closed for the season.
    • 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 - Most trails will be closed until 1 p.m. from April 10 - May 3, 2017 for spring turkey hunting.
    • Morrison Rockwood State Park - All trails will be closed daily until 1 p.m. beginning April 10, 2017 through May 3, 2017 due to Spring Turkey Hunting.
    • Pekin Lake – is closed to all vehicle access due to road deterioration, walk-in access is allowed
    • Prophetstown State Park - The campground is closed for the season; will reopen Spring 2017
    • Rall Woods -  Will be closed to non-hunters until 1 p.m. daily from April 10, 2017 through May 11, 2017 due to spring turkey hunting.
    • Rock Cut State Park - Olson Beach at Rock Cut State Park will be closed for swimming due to siltation of the lake.  Due to siltation of the lake in recent years, the shallow depth and warmer water temperatures have diminished the water quality.
    • Rock Island Trail – The trail is closed from Mile 13.4 to Mile 13.9. This closure is located approximately 2.5 miles North of Princeville in Peoria County. 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 closed from Streitmatter Road (mile 12.2) to County Line Road (Mile 13.8) between Wyoming and Princeville.  
    • Spring Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area is closed to boats and boat fishing in the waterfowl hunting area except for waterfowl hunters.  However, some areas of Spring Lake are open to boat fishing and bank fishing at all times.  Visitors should call the site for detailed information.  Spring Lake's office number is 309-968-7135.  Springfield Lake's waterfowl check station is 309-968-6229.
    • Spring Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area - The Oak and Pine campgrounds will be closed November 1, 2016 - April 30, 2017 and will re-open on May 1, 2017.  
    • Starved Rock State Park - The main parking lot and lower areas at Starved Rock have reopened.  Park visitors are cautioned there will be quite a few muddy areas to contend with but the areas are open and the boat launch is available.
    • Starved Rock State Park - The entire campground is closed until further notice due to storm damage, electrical problems caused by the storm, and downed trees.
    • Starved Rock State Park - The youth group campground is closed until the end of March due to storm damage.
    • Starved Rock State Park -  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
    • Tapley Woods -  Will be closed to non-hunters until 1 p.m. daily from April 10, 2017 through May 11, 2017 due to spring turkey hunting.
    • Winston Tunnel -  Will be closed to non-hunters until 1 p.m. daily from April 10, 2017 through May 11, 2017 due to spring turkey hunting.
    • Woodford State Fish & Wildlife Area - Closed until further notice due flooding of the Illinois River.

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 Region 2 - Northeastern Illinois

 
    Last updated: 4/18/2017
    • Buffalo Rock State Park -  The park is closed due to damage from a tornado that hit the area February 28, 2017.
    • Chain O'Lakes State Park- Closes every year on October 31st  until January 1st for Hunting.
    • Des Plaines State Fish & Wildlife Area –  The trap range is open from January 9th, 2017 thru October 29th, 2017. the trap range will be closed from October 30th, 2017 thru January 7th, 2018.  The Class "C" Campground will be closed indefinitely. 
    • 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 section of trail between Marseilles and Ottawa is closed due to damage from a tornado that occurred on February 28, 2017.
      • 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. 
      • 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 2017 season due to improvement projects. 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.
    • 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.
    • Silver Springs - The trap range is open from January 16th, 2017 thru October 19th, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. The only exception is September 19th, 2017 thru September 26th, 2017 the trap range will be closed for National Hunting & Fishing days. From October 20th, 2017 thru January 15th, 2018 the trap range will only be open on Mondays and Tuesdays. The only exception is Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 the trap range will be closed.

     

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 Region 3 - East Central Illinois

 
    Last updated: 4/21/2017
    • Clinton Lake State Recreation Area - All hunting areas including hiking and bike trails will be closed to mushroom hunting and all users except permitted hunters until 1:00 P.M. daily from April 10, through May 11, 2017 for Spring Turkey Hunting Season. West Side Day Use and Boat Access Areas will be closed from 10:00 pm May 11th through 4:00 pm May 12th fro a special eventThe Parnell Boat Access will have limited parking on April 22nd due to a special boating event. The dock at West Side boat access is closed pending repairs. Camping is open year around, water, shower buildings and dump stations are now open for the season.   North Fork fish cleaning station is closed indefinitely. Mascoutin/Main Park fish cleaning station is temporarily closed pending repairs. The beach will be open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day Weekend and Boondocks Grill & Bait Concession is open for the season.
    • Eagle Creek State Park –  All hunting areas including hiking and bike trails will be closed to mushroom hunting and all users except permitted hunters until 1:00 P.M. daily from April 10, through April 20, 2017 for Spring Turkey Hunting Season.    The campground, water and showers are now open for the season. The boat ramp is open and a courtesy 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 –   All hunting areas including hiking and bike trails will be closed to mushroom hunting and all users except permitted hunters until 1:00 P.M. daily from April 10, through May 11, 2017 for Spring Turkey Hunting Season.   Due to damage from a fallen tree, the Monkey Bars and Hand Walk Bar are closed on the fitness trail until further notice. Camping is available however showers, cabins and the brick pavilion are closed for the season.
    • Harry "Babe" Woodyard SNA - All hunting areas including hiking and bike trails will be closed to mushroom hunting and all users except permitted hunters until 1:00 P.M. daily from April 10, through May 11, 2017 for Spring Turkey Hunting Season.
    • Hidden Springs –  All hunting areas including hiking and bike trails will be closed to mushroom hunting and all users except permitted hunters until 1:00 P.M. daily from April 10, through May 11, 2017 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 have re-opened for fishing. Water hydrants and class C camping are open for the season.
    • Iroquois County SFWA - All hunting areas including hiking and bike trails will be closed to mushroom hunting and all users except permitted hunters until 1:00 P.M. daily from April 10, through May 11, 2017 for Spring Turkey Hunting Season.
    • Kickapoo –  All hunting areas including hiking and bike trails will be closed to mushroom hunting and all users except permitted hunters until 1:00 P.M. daily from April 10, through May 11, 2017 for Spring Turkey Hunting Season. All campground loops are open. Kickapoo Adventures Canoe Concession is open weekends only at this time. 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 open for the season as well as water and restroom facilities.
    • Lincoln Trail State Park - The restaurant/concession is open for the season. Camping and Showers are also for the season. Primitive camping is available year around.
    • Middle Fork SFWA –    All hunting areas including hiking and bike trails will be closed to mushroom hunting and all users except permitted hunters until 1:00 P.M. daily from April 10, through May 11, 2017 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 – All hunting areas including hiking and bike trails will be closed to mushroom hunting and all users except permitted hunters until 1:00 P.M. daily from April 10, through May 11, 2017 for Spring Turkey Hunting Season. 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,  equestrian trails and horseback camp will re-open on or about 4/15/17. Timber Trails Horse concession , Old Orchard group camp and the park concession are closed until further notice.
    • Shelbyville All hunting areas including hiking and bike trails will be closed to mushroom hunting and all users except permitted hunters until 1:00 P.M. daily from April 10, through May 11, 2017 for Spring Turkey Hunting Season.  Oathout Parking Area is closed to the public until further notice.  All other access areas are open at West Okaw and Kaskaskia Units.
    • Spitler Woods –  The small walk bridge on Exercise Trail is temporarily closed pending repairs.  The park is open to the public for trail access. Shelter reservations dates are available beginning April 1 - October 31 (shelters are closed November 1 through March 31 annually). Water 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, camping and shower building are now open for the season.
    • Weldon Springs State Park – The campground is open year around.  The dump station, shower building and all water facilities are 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.
    • Wolf Creek State Park – All hunting areas including hiking and bike trails will be closed to mushroom hunting and all users except permitted hunters until 1:00 P.M. daily from April 10, through April 20, 2017 for Spring Turkey Hunting Season. The campground, water and showers are now open for the season.  The boat ramp is open.  The fish cleaning station is temporarily closed for repairs.  The horse camp and trails are open, weather dependent, conditions are muddy with 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.
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 Region 4 - West Central Illinois

 
    Last updated: 4/18/2017
       
    • Baldwin Lake - hours are 6:00am to 9:00pm.  The equestrian trails are open for the season.
    • Beaver Dam State Park –  The Restaurant, bait shop and winery will be opening May 1st in the concession building.  Grand opening will be held April 28th with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  Hours Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 11am to 7pm.  Closed on Tuesdays.  Friday - Sunday  6am to 8pm
    • Eldon Hazlet State Park - The Osage Youth Group Area and campsites 5, 105, 111, 170, 302, 311, 312 and 325 are currently closed due to hazardous trees that need to be removed.  Loop 1 of the Cherokee trail is closed due to storm damage.  Trees fell on two foot bridges, causing extensive damage.  The archery range is open but targets are not available for use.  The range can be used by supplying your own target in the designated area. 
    • The north-end of the campground (sites 227 – 328) are closed for the season and will re-open May 1, 2017; however, campsites 1-226 will be open year round along with the shower building in that area.
      The Apache and Allan Branch fish cleaning stations are closed for the season and will re-open Spring 2017.
      The lease for South Shore State Park with the COE ended effective October 13, 2016. The public hunting area IDNR offered at this location also closed and hunters with current windshield cards for the area have been notified of the change.  
    • 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) - the Bend Road area is closed.  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 - 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
    • Nauvoo State Park - The dump station and shower house are open for the season.  The museum remains closed at this time.
    • Pere Marquette State Park –  ​Please contact the Visitor Center at 618-786-3323 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 is 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 Campground A shower house is open for the season.  The three Upper Group camps are closed for the camping season.  The Equine Trails East of Graham Hollow Trail are closed due to turkey season.  The Equine Trails West of Graham Hollow Trail are closed due to rain.  The PMSP habor/ boat ramp is closed due to flooding along the three shelter pavilions (Stone Shelter, Large River Side Shelter and Small River Side Shelter)
    • Sand Ridge State Forest - Mushroom hunting is closed until 1:00pm daily during the Spring Firearm turkey season from April 10 to May 11, 2017.  All other trails and forest facilities are currently open.  Visitors are advised to check prior to arrival regarding forest and trail conditions by calling the site office for daily trail updates after 9am:  309-597-2212.  
    • Sangchris Lake -  all areas are currently open; however, the restrooms in Access Area 1 are closed at this time.
    • Siloam Springs - the Concession area and boat rentals are open for the season.  Horse and hiking trails are closed until 1pm during turkey season.
    • Washington County Conservation Area - all areas are open.
    • Weinberg King - the equestrian trails are open for the season.  Trails are closed until 1pm during turkey season

     

     

 

 Region 5 - Southern Illinois

 
    Last updated: 4/19/2017
    • Beall Woods - Ridgeway is currently closed due to high water.
    • Fort Massac – Belgrade Road from GRCDT to the lower parking lot in the park is currently closed due to high water. It will be opened back up when the water has subsided. The 1802 American Fort will be closed to the public until further notice.
    • Giant City State Park –  The shower house in the campgrounds have been closed for the season. The Horse Trails are closed until April 30, 2017. The shower building in the Equestrian campground is closed. 
    • Golconda Marina –  Rauchfuss Hill is currently closed.
    • Horseshoe Lake - The East Side Campground is currently closed due to a water leak. 
    • Lake Murphysboro State Park - The shower house is closed and water has been shut off to the campground and the dump station for the winter. Water will be turned back on and the shower house opened in the Spring 2017.
    • Newton Lake – The mountain bike trail is closed indefinitely due to washed out areas.​ 
    • Red Hills State Park - The Trace Inn is currently closed.
    • Stephen A Forbes - The Beach has closed for the season. It will re-open around Memorial Day 2017. The Lakeside Restaurant and Marina are also closed for the season. The Equestrian Camp and Horse Trails are closed and will reopen at the conclusion of the spring turkey season. The Oak Ridge Shower House is also closed for the season.
    • Trail of Tears State Forest - The Horse Trails are closed until April 30, 2017.
    • Tunnel Hill Trail - Drinking water is currently not available at New Burnside, Stonefort or Carrier Mills.