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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: 12/6/2016
    • Apple River Canyon Salem/Thompson Unit - Will be closed to non-hunters December 9, 10, 11, 2016 for the Muzzleloader only deer season and December 29, 30, 31, January 1 and January 13, 14, and 15, 2017 for the Chronic Wasting Disease Deer season.
    • 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 - Lower campground is closed - 15 camp sites
    • Castle Rock State Park - The canoe campground is closed until spring.
    • Castle Rock State Park - Will be closed to non-hunters for the Muzzleloader, and Chronic Wasting Deer seasons:  December 9, 10, 11, 2016; December 29, 30, 31, 2016 and January 1, 2017; and January 13, 14, 15, 2017.
    • Delabar State Park - All water and electric is shut off for the winter.
    • French Bluff - Will be closed to non-hunters for the Muzzleloader deer season:  December 9, 10, and 11, 2016.
    • Hanover Bluff -  Will be closed to non-hunters December 9, 10, and 11, 2016 for the Muzzleloader only deer season and December 29, 30, 31, January 1 and January 13, 14, and 15, 2017 for the Chronic Wasting Disease Deer season.
    • 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  December 9, 10 and 11, 2016 for the Muzzleloader only deer seasons and December 29, 30, 31, January 1 and January 13, 14, and 15, 2017 for the Chronic Wasting Disease Deer season.
    • Jubilee College State Park - The following areas will remain closed:  Turkey Hollow Picnic Shelter
    • LaSalle Lake  - Closed for the 2016 fishing season on October 15.  It will reopen in March 2017.
    • Lowden Miller State Forest - Will be closed to non-hunters for the Chronic Wasting Disease Deer season on December 29, 30, 31, 2016, January 1, 2017; and January 13, 14, 15, 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.
    • Margery C Carlson Nature Preserve will be closed the following dates due to Chronic Wasting Disease Deer season: December 29, 30, 31, 2016, January 1, 2017 and January 13, 14, 15, 2017
    • Marseilles State Fish and Wildlife Area - Closed to hunting and access January 15, 2016.  Reopens for hunting September 1, 2016. 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
    • Matthiessen State Park -  All multi-use trails at Matthiessen State Park will be closed for the season.
    • Pekin Lake – is closed to all vehicle access due to road deterioration, walk-in access is allowed
    • Powerton Lake is closed to all access except waterfowl hunters.  All fishing is closed at this time.  Bank fishing opens December 19th, 2016; boat fishing opens February 15, 2017 - times will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Prophetstown State Park - The campground is closed for the season; will reopen Spring 2017
    • Rall Woods -  Will be closed to non-hunters and December 9, 10, and 11, 2016 for the Muzzleloader only deer season and December 29, 30, 31, January 1 and January 13, 14, and 15, 2017 for the Chronic Wasting Disease Deer season
    • 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.  
    • Snakeden Hollow State Fish & Wildlife Area - All activity except permit hunting is prohibited two weeks before and through the end of Central Zone Goose season from October 10, 2016 to February 1, 2017.
    • 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 Nature Preserve, Mitchell's Grove Nature Preserve, and Sandy Ford Land and Water Reserve will be closed during the muzzleloader only deer season (December 9, 10, 11, 2016) as well as during the Chronic Wasting Deer seasons on December 29, 30, 31, 2016, January 1, 2017 and January 13, 14, 15, 2017.  
    • Starved Rock State Park - Hiking trails at Starved Rock State Park south of Rt. 71 (Council Overhang, Ottawa Canyon, Kaskaskia Canyon, Illinois Canyon), the Starved Rock Campground, the Starved Rock Nature Preserve, Mitchell's Grove Nature Preserve, and Sandy Ford Land and Water Reserve will be closed the following dates due to muzzleloader only deer season:  December 9, 10, 11, 2016
    • 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 December 9, 10, and 11, 2016 for the muzzleloader only deer season and December 29, 30, 31, January 1 and January 13, 14, and 15, 2017 for the Chronic Wasting Disease Deer season.
    • Wards Grove -   Will be closed to non-hunters December 9, 10, and 11, 2016 for the muzzleloader only deer season and December 29, 30, 31, January 1 and January 13, 14, and 15, 2017 for the Chronic Wasting Disease Deer season.
    • Winston Tunnel -  Will be closed to non-hunters December 9, 10, and 11, 2016 for the muzzleloader only deer season and December 29, 30, 31, January 1 and January 13, 14, and 15, 2017 for the Chronic Wasting Disease Deer season.

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Region 2 - Northeastern Illinois

    Last updated: 11/2/2016
    • Chain O'Lakes State Park- Closes every year on October 31st  until January 1st for Hunting.
    • Des Plaines State Fish & Wildlife Area –  The site is closed to all activities except Archery Deer hunting on Mondays and Tuesdays and pheasant hunting on Wednesdays – Sundays.  Closures include the boat ramp, trap shooting ranges, archery range, fishing, and dog training.  These closures will continue through the close of pheasant season on January 8, 2017.  The Class "C" Campground will be closed indefinetly. 
    • Goose Lake Prairie – Goose Lake Prairie Visitor Center may be closed on weekends due to staffing, please call to verify hours of operation.
    • Heideke Lake - The seasonal closing of Heidecke Lake to fishing for waterfowl season will begin after Oct. 4, 2016.
    • I&M Canal – 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 – Boat Launch at Area 9 is closed due to high water. The biketrail under Warner Bridge is closed due to high water.  IDOT closure of the bridge on Rt. 102. 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. Potawatomi & Chippewa Campgrounds will be closed for the 2016 season due to improvement projects. The main park closes at 8:00 PM. Equestrian campground has no water available. Reservations on ReserveAmerica.com are highly recommended. IL Route 102 in front of the park entrance will be closed March 1st - September 30th, 2016.

     

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Region 3 - East Central Illinois

    Last updated: 11/21/2016
    • Clinton Lake State Recreation Area –  The portion of Clinton Lake between DeWitt Bridge & Rt 48 is restricted (no boating, fishing or waterfowl hunting) October 10 - March 31, 2016.    The dock at West Side boat access is closed pending repairs. Camping is available, however water and shower buildings are closed for the season.   North Fork fish cleaning station is closed indefinitely. Mascoutin/Main Park fish cleaning station is temporarily closed pending water line repairs. The beach and Boondocks Grill & Bait Concession are closed for the season.
    • Eagle Creek State Park –  Camping and showers are currently open, however the campground will close Dec 5, 2016 to Jan 3rd, 2017. Water is limited as of Dec 5th in the campground and the shower buildings will close at that time until April 1st.  The fish cleaning station is open and all trails are open, weather dependent. The golf course is open for the season.
    • 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 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 and showers are available for the season. The Brick Pavilion and Cabins are now open.
    • 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 are closed to fishing until further notice due to extreme fish kills from the harsh winter conditions in 2013/2014. Water hydrants and class C camping are open for the season.
    • Kickapoo –   All campground loops are open. Kickapoo Landing and Boat Concession is open. 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 now open. Water is on and restroom facilities are open for the season.
    • Lincoln Trail State Park - The restaurant/concession and bait shop are open. The Class A campground, water and showers are open for the season. Primitive camping is available year around.
    • Middle Fork SFWA –    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 –  The beach is now closed for the season.  The main and primitive campgrounds are open as well as the dump station.   The equestrian trails and horseback camp are open. Timber Trails Horse concession and Old Orchard group camp are closed indefinitely. Gibson's Concession is open Wednesday - Sunday.
    • Shelbyville –  Hunting  closes at 1:00 pm daily for the entire Wildlife Management Area.  Dove hunting is closed Nov 15 - Dec 25 and will re-open Dec 26, 2016 to Jan 9, 2017 No Drawings will be held - First come, First served only.  The Kaskaskia River is closed from Strickland Boat Access north to the Canadian National Railroad Bridge from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1:00 pm daily Oct 22 - Dec 20, 2016 to all hunters except Waterfowl.  Elder, Johnson and Wood Duck Ponds are now open to fishing. Oathout Parking Lot Access Area is closed until further notice.  Johnathan Creek and Fishhook Access Areas are now open to the public.
    • Spitler Woods –  The small walk bridge on Exercise Trail is temporarily closed pending repairs. The park entrance is open to the public for trail access where accessible by foot. Shelter reservations dates are available beginning April 1 - October 31 (shelters are closed November 1 through March 31 annually). Water and restroom facilties are closed for the winter. Twisted Sister Bridge area is currently closed to the public for renovations re-opening TBD.
    • Walnut Point State Park – Pleasant View Shelter is closed pending roof repairs. The Concession, camping and shower building are open for the season.
    • Weldon Springs State Park – Beginning Nov 21, 2016 - the lake level will be drawn down in an effort to control vegetation...the boat ramp will be closed during this time.  The campground is open year around, however the dump station, shower building and all water facilities are now closed 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 –  The Wolf Creek Beach is closed for the season. Camping is available and the fish cleaning station is open. The campground will close Dec 5, 2016 to Jan 3rd, 2017. Water is limited as of Dec 5th in the campground and the shower building will close at that time until April 1st. The horse camp and trails are currently open, however will close Nov 14 - 20 as well as Dec 1-4, 2016 for hunting. The Wolf Creek horse concession is closed.
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Region 4 - West Central Illinois

    Last updated: 12/2/2016
       
    • Baldwin Lake - hours are 7:00am - 5:00pm.  The Waterfowl Rest Area is now closed for bow hunting.
    • Beaver Dam State Park –  The Concession area is closed until further notice.  The Fish cleaning station and dump station is closed for the season.
    • 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 hiking trails will be closed Wednesday through Sunday, starting November 9th thru mid January for the Controlled Pheasant hunting program.  Trails will be available for use on Monday and Tuesdays. 
      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 Mondays and Tuesdays until the close of the site's Controlled Pheasant season.   Please call the office for additional trail updates 217-452-7741
    • Nauvoo State Park - The dump station, museum and shower house are closed for the season.
    • Peabody River King - the East Sub-unit is now closed to bow hunting.
    • 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.  It will be closed November 24 and 25th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  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. 
      Closure the Upper Group camps have completed the 2016 camping season.  Equine Trails East of Graham Hollow Trail are closed for the 2016/ 2017 hunting seasons.  They will re-open concluding spring 2017 turkey season. 
    • Sand Ridge State Forest - All campgrounds and  day use areas are open. Please call the office for daily trail updates after 9am:  309-597-2212.  November 2nd - Decemer 20th, staff will be conducting prescribed burns at Sparks Pond, Rollo Prairie and Henry Allan Gleason Nature Preserve; thereby, closing the areas.  Prior to ignition of a prescribed burn, a horn will sound 3 times to notify any person within the burn uniti that they must exit the area within 45 minutes.  A second horn will sound three times 15 minutes later, indicating 30 minutes to exit the area.
    • Sangchris Lake - Deer Run Campground will close for the season on December 1st.  The fish cleaning station is also closed for the season.  The Park and Lake will be closed December 1st - 4th and will re-open on December 5th.  Hickory Point Campground remains open for campers only. 
    • Siloam Springs - the Concession area and boat rentals are currently closed until further notice.  The equestrian area is closed for the season.
    • Weinberg King - the equestrian area is closed for the season.

     

     

Region 5 - Southern Illinois

    Last updated: 12/6/2016
    • Beall Woods - Ridgway Trail is currently closed due to high water.
    • Fort Massac – The 1802 American Fort will be closed to the public until further notice.
    • Giant City State Park – **The campground dump station is currently closed to allow for sewer repairs.** 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. 
    • Newton Lake – The mountain bike trail is closed indefinitely due to washed out areas.​ 
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park - Campground and shelters are closed November 1st through November 7th for a disabled deer hunt. Hickman's Point will reopen on November 8th.