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Current Closures of DNR Sites and Areas

This page lists current closures of DNR Sites and Areas, by geographic region.

  1. - Northwestern Illinois
  2. - Northeastern Illinois
  3. - East Central Illinois
  4. - West Central Illinois
  5. - Southern Illinois

Notices are updated on a continuous basis, so please check before you start your trip.

During hunting season, many sites are closed or partially closed to the public. Public should contact the site directly for closure updates and/or winter hours before going to site.

 

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 Region 1 - Northwestern Illinois

 
    Last updated: 4/12/2019
    • Anderson Lake - Camping is closed due to flooding.
    • Banner Marsh - Ease Point Access and Bells Landing Access both closed to all entry. Main access remains open to all normal activities.
    • Castle Rock State Park - Visitors to the area should be aware that the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has started renovation road work on Illinois Highway 2 which runs through the park; this work is scheduled to run from April through November 2018.  There will be stop light delays on the portion of Route 2 that runs from Oregon, IL to Grand Detour, IL.   In May 2018 the north bound lane will be closed at Grand Detour, IL; a detour to Oregon IL will be posted.  Detour routes to Castle Rock will be posted by IDOT as the project progresses.
    • French Bluff State Nautral Area - will be closed to all but permitted hunters for the Firearm Deer Seasons, 16-18 Nov and 29 Nov - Dec 2, and Muzzleloader only Season, 7-9 Dec
    • Henderson County – Gladstone Lake, also known as Henderson County, is partially open. Facilities that are available: picnic shelter, privies, water, and a partially opened campground (approximately 10 campsites available), and shoreline fishing. Please call Big River State Forest prior to visiting Gladstone Lake – 309-374-2496.
    • Henderson Creek Access Area closed due to the Mississippi River flooding.
    • Hennepin Canal Closures:
    • The following sections of trail are closed due to the flooding: WEST END:  Lock 29/Rock River to Lock 26 (trail completely covered with flood water by Lock 28 - photo with submerged towpath under bridge). EAST END: Lock 6 to Lock 3 (a new washout between Lock 5 & Rt 180 - photo attached - and another washout still remains at Lock 3).
    • The section from Lock 26 to I-80, 4.8 miles, continues to remain "Closed". No repairs have been completed on this portion of the trail. At Lock 27 just to the west of the Aqueduct 8, (Green River), there is a breach in the levee some 75' - 80' wide and 15' - 20' deep. Other portions of this trail segment are not completely washed out, but eroded leaving "drop offs" to the point where in some spots the trail is only 4' - 5' wide.
    • The wells at Lock 21, Lock 22 and Lock 24 are not working; due to budget constraints it is unknown when these will be repaired.  The only potable water available is at the Visitors Center well.
    • Illini State Park - Sunrise Council, Wildcat Bog, and Ancient Oaks day use areas are closed until further notice.
    • Johnson-Sauk Trail State Recreation Area - will be closed to the public November 8th and 9th due to DOO shotgun deer hunting season.
    • Kishwaukee River SFWA - is closed. 
    • Lake Le-Aqua-Na - All lake activities at Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park will not be available due to lake draw-down until further notice.
    • The LaSalle Lake - Open daily, 6:00 a.m. - Sunset. All fishermen must be off the site by closing time each day.  There is a wind warning system at LaSalle Lake. Orange windsocks are located on interior dikes throughout the lake. When the windsocks are erect, wind speeds are 14 mph or above and no boats are to be launched; boats on the lake should find calm water and get off the lake when safe to do so.
    • Marseilles State Fish and Wildlife Area - Closed to hunting and access January 15, 2017.  Reopens for hunting September 1, 2017. Due to the Illinois National Guard's training needs Marseilles State Fish and Wildlife Area will be closed to hunting Wednesday October 19 and Thursday October 20 in addition to Friday, Saturday and Sundays throughout the month of October. Gate #80 (Area B) will be closed to all Hunting and access on Saturday, November 3 due to National Guard activities.
    • Marshall State Fish and Wildlife Area - primitive camping is closed, and the boat launch is covered, however you can still launch a boat from the road.
    • Matthiessen State Park - The trail to Strawberry Rock and the south bridge has a major washout and will be closed until further notice. The south bridge and stairway are accessible if you cross the bridge at the bottom of the stairway from the parking lot and then head southwest.  The Equestrian Trails (but for the trail at the Vermillion River Access Area) and Equestrian Campground are also closed at Matthiessen due to excessive muddy conditions.
    • Mississippi Palisades - Youth Camping area is closed.
    • 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.
    • Morrison Rockwood State Park - Equestrian trails are closed due to extensive damage caused by heavy rains.
    • Pekin Lake – is closed to all vehicle access due to road deterioration, walk-in access is allowed.
    • Prophetstown State Park - Both the park and the campground are closed due to flooding. The water is expected to riste and stay above flodd stage until after October 11th.
    • Rock Cut - The IDNR is alerting site visitors of expected traffic changes during road improvement projects this spring, summer and fall at Rock Cut State Park in Winnebago Co.  Details are available at this link:
      https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/news/Documents/RockCutTrafficAdvisory.pdf.
    • As part of the Rock Cut State Park road project, improvements to the boat ramp parking lot and concession parking lot will require closing those lots this week.  The boat ramp lot will be closed Wed., 9/18 through Friday, 9/20; the concession lot will be closed Thurs., 9/19 and Friday, 9/20.
    • Starved Rock -  Tonty (Tonti) Canyon and bridge will be closed untl further notice due to hazardous trail conditions.
      • The Starved Rock State Park boat ramp and main visitor center parking lot are closed due to flooding.  The first two parking lanes have reopened as of October 10th, 2019.
      • The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) reminds outdoors enthusiasts that the property acquired recently by the IDNR to expand recreation at Starved Rock and Matthiessen state parks (the former Lone Star/Buzzi Unicem USA property) is not open to the public at this time. The entire 2,629-acre parcel will remain closed to the public while the property is evaluated for future recreational opportunities, and planning and installation of recreation facilities occurs. Violators face arrest for criminal trespass to State supported land, which is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by fines up to $2,500 and up to one year in jail. Any questions may be directed to Starved Rock State Park at 815-667-4726.
      • Visitors should be aware that if the park reaches maximum capacity (meaning no parking spaces remain), the park may be closed for safety reasons until parking becomes available. Motorists are reminded not to park along park roads or public highways. This may prevent emergency vehicles from getting through. Vehicles parked illegally will be towed at the owner's expense. Visitors may check for information on park crowds and possible temporary closures as they near the park by tuning to the Starved Rock radio station on 1610 AM; updates are also on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' (IDNR) Facebook page and the IDNR Twitter feed @IllinoisDNR
    • White Pines Forest State Park - Due to the recent rains received, vehicular access to the day use area between the first two fords is currently restricted due to high water. The area is accessible via the pedestrian foot bridges. The campground remains open and can be accessed by using the entrance road near the southwest corner of the park.
    • Woodford State Fish and Wildlife Area - is closed.

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 Region 2 - Northeastern Illinois

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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 Region 3 - East Central Illinois

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

     

 

 Region 4 - West Central Illinois

 
    Last updated: 10/10/2019
       
    • Baldwin Lake -  Park hours are 6am - 9pm.   
    • Beaver Dam State Park - The restaurant hours of operation are Monday - Thursday from 9am to 8pm and Friday through Sunday 6am to 8pm; closed on Tuesdays.  The bait shop is open Monday through Sunday 6am - 8pm.  The fish cleaning station is open for the season.
    • Carlyle Lake WMA - the waterfowl rest area (Speaker Lake) will be closed to all access starting 10/26 and will remain closed through the regular duck season.  The Sub-impoundments will close to all access 11/1, except to those participating in the youth waterfowl hunt 11/2 - 11/3.
    • Fall Creek Rest Area - Visitors are reminded to take all litter with them.
    • Frank Holten State Park – The Northview pavilion is closed.  
    • Horseshoe Lake State Park (Madison County) - the Bend Road area is closed to vehicle traffic; however, open for foot and bike traffic.  Camping is closed for the season.  
    • Illinois Caverns – Site is closed due to White Nose Syndrome. Closures will be reviewed quarterly. Complete details has been listed in separate closure notice.
    • Jim Edgar Panther Creek -  Please call the office for additional trail information at 217-452-7741, which is updated daily after 9am.  Office hours are 8am to 4pm, Tuesday through Saturday or a time for return will be posted on the door.  Office is closed on Monday and Sundays. 
    • Kaskaskia River Area - the following boat ramps are closed due to flooding: Jerry F Costello Lock and Dam, Evansville, Joe's Landing, Beck's Landing and White Swan.
    • Nauvoo State Park - The museum is open for the season.
    • Pere Marquette State Park –  The "Harbor Stone Shelter," which is a first come first serve amenity, does not have electric.  The Class A camp ground has - 7 Class A camp sites which have been closed.  One vault toilet in the Upper Picnic Area is closed.  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 4. 
    • Sand Ridge State Forest -  All seasonal forest venues are open; visitors must abide by the blaze orange/ pink vest and hat requirement during the Youth Firearm Deer season, October 12 - 14, 2019.    Please call the office after 9am:  309-597-2212 for forest, trail and prescribed burning information, updated daily.  
    • Sangchris Lake SP -  The east and west arms of Sangchris Lake will be closed for waterfowl season on October 17, 2019.  The west Equestrian trail is closed until March 1, 2020.
    • Siloam Springs State Park - Equestrian trails and concession area are open for the season.

     

     

     

     

 

 Region 5 - Southern Illinois

 
    Last updated: 10/8/2019
    • Beall Woods - Tuliptree, Sweet Gum, Schneck and White Oak are open. Ridgeway trail is closed.
    • Dixon Springs State Park - The pool has closed for the season. It will reopen in 2020. Cabins and Barracks are closed until the end of March.
    • Embarras River Bottoms State Habitat Area - is closed due to flooding.
    • Fort Massac –  The inside of the 1802 American Fort will be closed to the public until further notice for public safety.
    • Giant City State Park - The horse trail is open but riders should follow detour signs where posted.
    • Golconda Marina –  Rauchfuss Hill is currently closed.
    • Newton Lake – Section 6 Pond (Hamm James) is currently closed. The mountain bike trail is closed indefinitely due to washed out areas.​ 
    • Rauchfuss Hill - Closed until further notice.
    • 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 - Rocky Point Beach is closed for the season. Anticipated opening is Memorial Day weekend 2020. Lakeside Restaurant is currently closed. Lakeside Marina is open, please contact the Park office for Information.
    • Trail of Tears State Forest - North and South Forest Roads will be closed December 24 through the end of Spring Turkey Season.