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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: 11/27/2017

     

    •  Anderson Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area - Will close to all activities on October 20th due to waterfowl season.
    • Apple River Canyon -  Salem & Thompson Units - The areas will be closed to all non-hunters due to the firearm deer season November 30, December 1, 2, and 3, 2017, the muzzleloader deer season December 8, 9, 10, 2017,  and the CWD Deer seasons December 28, 29, 30, 31, 2017 and January 12. 13. and 14, 2018.
    • 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.
    • Castle Rock State Park - Will be closed to non-hunters on November 30, December 1, 2, 3, 2017 due to the firearm deer season.   It will also be closed to non-hunters for the muzzleloader deer season on December 8, 9, 10, 2017 and again closed due to the CWD deer seasons December 28, 29, 20, 31, 2017 and January 12, 13, 14, 2018.
    • Castle Rock State Park - the canoe camp area has closed for the season; will reopen spring 2018
    • Castle Rock State Park - the boat docks have been removed for the season but the ramps are open.
    • Double T State Fish & Wildlife Area - Closes to fishing on 9/30/2017
    • Franklin Creek State Natural Area - All hiking trails, day-use areas, equestrian trails, and equestrian campground will be closed the following dates due to shotgun deer season:  November 30, December 1, 2, and 3, 2017.
    • French Bluff Natural Area - The area will be closed to all non-hunters for firearm deer season on November 30, December 1, 2, and 3, 2017.
    • Hanover Bluff - The area will be closed to all non-hunters due to the firearm deer season November 30, December 1, 2, and 3, 2017, the muzzleloader deer season December 8, 9, 10, 2017,  and the CWD Deer seasons December 28, 29, 30, 31, 2017 and January 12. 13. and 14, 2018.
    • 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.
    • 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 - The area will be closed to all non-hunters due to the firearm deer season November 30, December 1, 2, and 3, 2017, and the muzzleloader deer season December 8, 9, 10, 2017
    • Jubilee College State Park - The following areas will remain closed:  Turkey Hollow Picnic Shelter
    • Jubilee College State Park - The park will be closed to non-hunters (including the campground) for the shotgun deer season:  November 30, December 1, 2, 3, 2017; and the muzzleloader only deer season December 8, 9, and 10, 2017.  Only permitted hunters will be allowed in the park.
    • Lake Le Aqua Na State Park - The beach has been closed due to an algae bloom.
    • 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 -  Will be closed to non-hunters on November 30, December 1, 2, 3, 2017 due to the firearm deer season.   It will also be closed to non-hunters for the CWD deer seasons December 28, 29, 20, 31, 2017 and January 12, 13, 14, 2018.
    • Lowden State Park - the shower building and White Oak camping area closed on November 1st.
    • Lowden State Park - the boat docks have been removed for the season but the ramps are open.
    • Lowden State Park - Blackhawk Statue has been covered with tarps to prevent any further deterioration during the winter months. 
    • 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.
    • Matthiessen State Park - The park will be closed to all non-hunters due to the firearm deer season November 30, December 1, 2, 3, 2017 and for muzzleloader only deer season on December 8, 9, and 10, 2017.
    • 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 - The area will be closed to all non-hunters for firearm deer season on November 30, December 1, 2, and 3, 2017.
    • Mitchell's Grove Nature Preserve - The area will be closed to non-hunters due to the firearm deer season November 30, December 1, 2, 3, 2017 and for muzzleloader only deer season on December 8, 9, and 10, 2017.   It will also be closed for the CWD deer seasons December 28, 29, 30, 31, 2017 and January 12, 13, and 14, 2018.
    • Morrison Rockwood State Park - The park will be closed to all activities during the first firearm deer season, November 17, 18, 19, 2017.
    • Pekin Lake – is closed to all vehicle access due to road deterioration, walk-in access is allowed
    • Prophetstown State Park - the campground is closed until spring 2018
    • Rall Woods - The area will be closed to all non-hunters due to the firearm deer season and November 30, December 1, 2, and 3, 2017, the muzzleloader deer season December 8, 9, 10, 2017,  and the CWD Deer seasons December 28, 29, 30, 31, 2017 and January 12. 13. and 14, 2018.
    • Rice Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area - Will close to all activity on October 20th due to waterfowl season.
    • 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 Cut State Park - The park will be closed to all non-hunters from November 9 - November 11, 2017 for their Disabled Hunter's deer hunt.
    • 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.   
    • Sandy Ford State Natural Area - The area will be closed to non-hunters due to the firearm deer season on November 30, December 1, 2, 3, 2017 and for muzzleloader only deer season on December 8, 9, and 10, 2017.   It will also be closed for the CWD deer seasons December 28, 29, 30, 31, 2017 and January 12, 13, and 14, 2018.
    • Snakeden Hollow State Fish & Wildlife Area - The area will be closed to fishing from October 15, 2017 - January 31, 2018.
    • Spoon River State Forest - The area will be closed to non-hunters for a Hunters with Disabilities deer hunt on October 14 & 15, 2017.
    • Starved Rock Nature Preserve - The area will be closed to non-hunters due to the firearm deer season on November 30, December 1, 2, 3, 2017 and for muzzleloader only deer season on December 8, 9, and 10, 2017.   It will also be closed for the CWD deer seasons December 28, 29, 30, 31, 2017 and January 12, 13, and 14, 2018.
    • Starved Rock State Park - Parking lots South of Route 71 which include Illinois Canyon, Council Overhang, Kaskaskia Canyon, and Ottawa Canyon will be closed to non-hunters due to the firearm deer season November 30, December 1, 2, 3, 2017 and the muzzleloader only deer season December 8, 9, and 10, 2017.
    • Starved Rock State Park Campground - Will be closed to non-hunters on November 29, 30, December 1, 2, 3, 2017 due to the firearm deer seasons
    • 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 - The area will be closed to all non-hunters due to the firearm deer season November 30, December 1, 2, and 3, 2017, the muzzleloader deer season December 8, 9, 10, 2017,  and the CWD Deer seasons December 28, 29, 30, 31, 2017 and January 12. 13. and 14, 2018.
    • Wards Grove - The area will be closed to all non-hunters due to the firearm deer season November 30, December 1, 2, and 3, 2017, the muzzleloader deer season December 8, 9, 10, 2017,  and the CWD Deer seasons December 28, 29, 30, 31, 2017 and January 12. 13. and 14, 2018.
    • White Pines Forest State Park - All hiking trails, day-use areas, and the White Pines Campground will be closed the following dates due to shotgun deer season: November 27, 28, and 29, 2017.  White Pines Resort (restaurant and cabins) will remain open with normal business hours.
    • Winston Tunnel - The area will be closed to all non-hunters due to the firearm deer season November 30, December 1, 2, and 3, 2017, the muzzleloader deer season December 8, 9, 10, 2017,  and the CWD Deer seasons December 28, 29, 30, 31, 2017 and January 12. 13. and 14, 2018.
    • Woodford State Fish & Wildlife Area - The campground is closed due to waterfowl season; reopen date is April 1, 2018

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Region 2 - Northeastern Illinois

    Last updated: 10/18/2017
    • Buffalo Rock State Park -  The park is open but the Woodland trial remains closed due to tornado damage. 
    • 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 –  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 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.
    • Heidecke Lake - is closed to fishing until April 1, 2018 weather permitting, due to waterfowl hunting season.
    • 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.
    • McHenry Dam -Due to the extreme flooding conditions on the Fox River and the extremely dangerous conditions, we are closing the McHenry Dam area until further notice. There is also extensive  flooding on our trail system, (which is also closed). Major damage to the trail is expected. 
    • 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: 12/4/2017
    • Clinton Lake State Recreation Area -  Mascouting Campground/Boat Ramp/Day-Use Area will be closed Monday, November 6 through Saturday, November 11 for the annual disabled shotgun deer hunt.  Camping is available year-round however the water facilities and shower buildings are closed for the season.   North Fork fish cleaning station is closed indefinitely. Mascoutin  fish cleaning station is currently closed, pending water line repairs.  Boondocks Grill and Bait is closed for the season.
    • Eagle Creek State Recreation Area –  The campground, water and showers are now open for the season. The high water rboat 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 –  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 –   All campground loops are open. Kickapoo Adventures is open for the season. Park Bistro concession is open Tuesday through Sunday. 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 access road is closed for the season.  Water is shut off and restroom facilities
      are closed for the season. No shelter reservations will be available online from November 1st through March 31st annually.
    • 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 – Equestrian Campground and 2250 Road is closed until July 27 due to road construction.  2400 North Road and trap range is also closed until July 27.  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 - Waterfowl hunting is ongoing on the Shelbyville SWMA.  NO DRAWINGS. First come basis with the Shelbyville SWMA windshield card obtained on the DNR website at:   www.dnr.illinois.gov.  Central Zone Waterfowl season is open from October 28 through December 26, 2017.  All waterfowl hunting on the entire SWMA closes at 1:00 P.M. daily. Report harvest on the DNR website by February 15, 2018.

      WEST OKAW UNIT:   Dunn Levee Road closed at waterfowl areas. Oathout Parking Lot.
      KASKASKIA UNIT: Kaskaskia River closed all traffic except waterfowl hunters from the Strickland Boat Access north to the Canadian National Railroad Bridge from one hour before sunrise until 1:00 P.M. daily from October 28, 2017 to December 26, 2017 for the regular duck season. ALL ACCESS AREAS ARE OPEN ON THE KASKASKIA UNIT.
    • Spitler Woods – Park is open for trail access.  The small walk bridge on the exercise trail is now open to the public. Twisted Sister Bridge Area is currently closed to the public for renovation re-opening TBD. Shelters are closed November 1st through March 31st annually. Reservations online begin April 1st for the spring season.  All water is shut off and restroom facilities are now closed for the winter season.
    • 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 however the shower building and water facilities are closed for the season.  The boat rental and concession operation 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.  Union School Interpretive Center is open by appointment only.
    • 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: 11/7/2017
       
    • Baldwin Lake -  Hours are 7am - 5pm.  The equestrian trails are closed for the season; scheduled to re-open April 15, 2018
    • Beaver Dam State Park –  The Restaurant, winery and bait shop are open in the concession building.  Winter hours Friday - Saturday 11am - 7pm.  Closed Monday - Thursday.
    • Carlyle Lake WMA - the sub impoundments are closed to all activities until the waterfowl season opener on Nov 11th.  Reminder for all upcoming waterfowl season.  Speaker Lake is the waterfowl rest area and will be closed to all access 2 weeks prior to duck season.  This will be off limits from October 28th, 2017 through Canada Goose season, which ends January 31st, 2018.
    • Fall Creek Rest Area –  Visitors are reminded to take all litter with them.
    • Eldon Hazlet State Park - Class A campsites 138, 143, 154 and 155 are closed, due to electrical issues which are being addressed.  Primitive tent site 1A and Class A campsites 304 and 311 are closed, due to hazardous trees waiting to be removed by a tree service.  Loop 1 of the Cherokee Hiking Trail is closed, due to bridges that were damaged by trees.  Both foot bridges have been removed and an alternative route or option is being looked at to get the loop re-opened.
    • Frank Holten State Park – The Northview pavilion is closed.  The Lighthouse Restaurant is open for business.  Call (618) 398-9958 for days and hours of operation.
    • Horseshoe Lake State Park (Madison County) - the Bend Road area is closed.  The Campground 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 - Office hours are 8am through 4pm, Monday through Saturday or a time for return will be posted on the door.  Office is closed on Sundays.  Please call the office for additional trail information at 217-452-7741, which is updated daily after 9am.  Equestrian trails are closed November 1st through 15th on Tuesdays and Saturdays only.  November 16, 2017 through April 15, 2018 all trails and campgrounds are closed for equestrian use.
    • Kaskaskia River Area - The US Army Corps of Engineers will be performing maintenance dredging on the main river channel of the Kaskaskia River from mile 28.5 at New Athens, IL to mile 36 at Fayetteville, IL.  Dredging is scheduled to begin on October 16th at Fayetteville and will continue downstream to New Athens through the end of November and will be weather dependent.  To provide public safety during dredging operations, sections of the main river channel will be temporarily closed.  Signage at the Fayetteville and New Athens Boat ramps will indicate the closed areas. 
    • Nauvoo State Park - The museum is closed for the season.
    • Pere Marquette State Park –  Until further notice, Copperhead Hollow's interior road is closed due to road repair.  The main gate will be closed for visitor vehicle safety as well as that of the contractor.  Visitors are encouraged to continue to park at the closed main gate and continue to visit and recreate at the park, but need to adhere to the road/ gate/ barricade closure for their safety and that of the contractor. The Equestrian Concessionaire is open Wednesday thru Monday.  The Visitor Center has new hours of operation.  Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 3:30pm;  Friday - Saturday: 8:30am - 5:30pm; Sunday - 10am - 5:30pm.  The rappelling/ rock climbing areas are open.  The Site has added 20 plus Class A camping sites to the Reserve America online reservation system.  Site number 54 is closed in the Class A campground for a brief period, due to electrical issues.  Please contact the Visitor Center at 618-786-3323 Option 4 for further trail updates.
    • Sand Ridge State Forest -  The archery and trap ranges are now closed for the duration of the controlled pheasant hunting season until January 16, 2018.  During the firearm Deer Season (November 17 - 19 and Nov 30 - Dec 3, 2017) all equestrian trails, primitive and group camping will be closed; additionally, all persons in Sand Ridge are required to wear a cap and vest of solid, vivid blaze orange; additionally, all equestrian trails, primitive and group camping will be closed.  Visitors are advised to check prior to arrival regarding forest and trail conditions, as well as prescribed burning areas and dates by calling the site office for daily trail updates after 9am:  309-597-2212.  
    • Sangchris Lake State Park - the Deer Run campground is closed for camping; the gate will be open for hunter and equestrian access.  The Deer Run dump station and fish cleaning station is also closed for the season with water being shut off.  Hickory Point Campground is open year round with campsites first come, first served.  Cabins can be reserved year round.  The West Boat ramp is closed for fishing access but open for hunting access.
    • Siloam Springs State Park - Equestrian trails and the concession stand is closed for the season. 
    • Washington County Conservation Area - The campground shower house is closed for the season; however, all campgrounds and cabins remain open year round.
    •  Weinberg King State Park - Equestrian trails is closed for the season

     

     

Region 5 - Southern Illinois

    Last updated: 10/4/2017
    • Beall Woods - Tuliptree, Schneck, Sweet Gum and White Oak are open. Ridgeway is currently closed due to high water and crossing damage.
    • Embarras River Bottoms State Habitat Area - is closed due to flooding.
    • Fort Massac – The 1802 American Fort will be closed to the public until further notice.
    • Giant City State Park - Beginning September 5th thru November 5th, all campsites will be walk-in only in order to complete upgrades to the campgrounds. Some sections/loops may be closed at times, but there will always be some site available. For specific information please contact the Visitors Center at 618-457-4836.
    • Golconda Marina –  Rauchfuss Hill is currently closed.
    • Horseshoe Lake - Alexander County - The bike and hiking trails are currently closed.
    • 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 State Park - Lakeside Restaurant and the beach are closed for the season.
    • Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park - The Primitive camping area is closed for the season.