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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: 4/11/2018

     

    •  Anderson Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area - Will close to all activities on October 20th due to waterfowl 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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. 
    • Jubilee College State Park - The following areas will remain closed:  Turkey Hollow Picnic Shelter
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Pekin Lake – is closed to all vehicle access due to road deterioration, walk-in access is allowed.
    • 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.    
    • Starved Rock State Park - The main parking lot at the Visitors Center is closed while park staff clean up from flooding.  (Parking area at the Lodge and the overflow parking area are open)
    • 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

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 Region 2 - Northeastern Illinois

 
    Last updated: 4/18/2018
    • 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 –  Parking lot 9, Parking lot 10, Millikin Lake and the loop are all closed due to flooding. The trap range is open from January 9th, 2018 thru October 29th, 2018. the trap range will be closed from October 30th, 2018 thru January 7th, 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.
    • Heidecke Lake - is closed to fishing until April 1, 2018 weather permitting, due to waterfowl hunting season.
    • 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 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.

     

     

 

 Region 3 - East Central Illinois

 
    Last updated: 4/17/2018
    • Clinton Lake State Recreation Area -  Camping is available year-round and the shower buildings, water facilities and dump station are available. Boondocks Grill and Bait will open for the season on Thursday, April 12. Mascoutin fish cleaning station is currently closed, pending water line repairs. Mascoutin Beach is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. North Fork fish cleaning station is closed indefinitely.
    • Eagle 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 –  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  - The "Out and Back" trail is closed due to construction. Pond 6 Area road is closed indefinitely.
    • Lincoln Trail Homestead - The day access road and restrooms are open for the season. Water remains off at this time. Online shelter reservations through ReserveAmerica are available for Railsplitter Pavilion and Lincoln Pavilion listed under Spitler Woods State Natural Area are now available.
    • Lincoln Trail State Park - The restaurant/concession is open for the season. Water is shut off and restroom facilities are closed 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
      WEST OKAW UNIT:    Bethany Boat Access; West gate at Cook's Bridge Access; Oathout Parking Lot.
      KASKASKIA UNIT: Strickland Boat Access
    • Spitler Woods – Park is open to the public for trail access and shelter reservations available online through ReserveAmerica. Twisted Sister Bridge Area is closed 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-round and the shower building, water facilities and dump station are available. 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 will be open Saturday and Sunday only from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
    • 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: 4/18/2018
       
    • Baldwin Lake -  Hours are 7am - 5pm.  The equestrian trails are open for the season
    • Beaver Dam State Park –  The Restaurant, winery and bait shop are open in the concession building.  Hours Friday - Sunday 11am - 8pm.  Monday, Wednesday and Thursday11am - 8pm.  Closed on Tuesday.  The fish cleaning station will open as soon as the threat of freezing temperatures vanish.
    • Eldon Hazlet State Park - 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.
    • Fall Creek Rest Area - Visitors are reminded to take all litter with them.
    • 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 to vehicle traffic.  It is, however, open for foot and bike traffic.  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 use and Questing Hills campground are open for the season.
    • Nauvoo State Park - The museum is closed for the season.
    • Pere Marquette State Park –  The Equestrian Concessionaire will re-open on May 1st for the 2018 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.  The shower house within the Class A and Class campgrounds are closed for the winter season.  Copperhead Hollow Wildlife area will be closed on April 7th.
    • Ray Norbut - Mushroom hunting, horseback riding and hiking is prohibited until 1pm from April 16th - May17th, due to Spring turkey season.
    • Sand Ridge State Forest -  Snowmobile season is closed; mushroom enthusiasts must wait until 1pm daily during Spring firearm turkey season, April 16th - May 17th.  All other forest venues are currently open to the public except the snowmobile trails.  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 - Deer Run, Pheasant Run, Maple Flats and the fish cleaning station are closed for the season.  Hickory Point Campground remains open.  The shower building in Hickory Point is open for limited use, when campers are on the site  Cabins can be reserved year round. 
    • Siloam Springs State Park - Equestrian trails are closed for the season; however, the concession area is open
    • Siloam Springs SP / Buckhorn Unit - Mushroom hunting, horseback riding and hiking is prohibited until 1pm from April 16th - May 17th, due to Spring turkey season. 
    • Washington County Conservation Area - All water and electrical services are available in the park.
    • Weinberg King SP/ Scripps Unit/ Spunky Bottoms Unit - Mushroom hunting, horseback riding and hiking is prohibited until 1pm from April 16th - May 17th, due to Spring turkey season.

     

 

 Region 5 - Southern Illinois

 
    Last updated: 4/18/2018
    • Beall Woods - Tuliptree is open. White Oak - upland is open, bottomland closed. Schneck and Sweet Gum are closed due to flooding. Ridgeway is currently closed due to high water and crossing damage.
    • Embarras River Bottoms State Habitat Area - is closed due to flooding.
    • Ferne Clyffe - Ferne Clyffe State Park entrance expects to have limited access on Tuesday April 24, 2018, and may be closed entirely from 9am until 1pm due to a culvert replacement at Highway 37. This is Ferne Clyffe's only entrance.
    • Fort Defiance - is currently closed due to rising water.
    • Fort Massac –  The boat ramp at Ft Massac on the Ohio River is closed, due to high water. The inside of the 1802 American Fort will be closed to the public until further notice.
    • Giant City State Park - Campground construction will continue into the Spring, with asphalt pavement and grading work to be completed as weather allows. The Horse Campground will be available if campers wish to avoid the contruction activity, however, the Horse Trails remain closed until May 1.
    • Golconda Marina –  The Marina will not open on March 1st due to rising flood waters. The opening will probably be delayed at least 2 weeks. Updates will be posted on this site. 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.
    • 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 - Lakeside Restaurant and Marina are currently closed. Information concerning opening will be posted when available. The beach are closed for the season.
    • Trail of Tears - North and South Forest Roads will remain closed until the end of Spring Turkey Season, however, walk-in camping will be permitted.