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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: 11/16/2018
    • 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 - 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 Canal Visitor Center is closed until further notice.
    • 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 - will be closed Nov. 16 - 18 and Nov. 29 - Dec. 2 for shotgun deer season to everyone EXCEPT Kishwaukee River SFWA lottery permitted shotgun deer hunters. Archery deer hunting will not be allowed during shotgun deer season.
    • Lake Le Aqua Na State Park - will be closed November 15th at 3 pm and will remain closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the first shotgun deer season. The park will reopen Monday, November 19th at 5 am. Apple River Salem/Thompson, Hanover Bluff, Iris and Jack Witkowsky, Rall Woods, Tapley Woods, Wards Grove and Winston Tunnel will all be closed November 16, 17 & 18 for the first shotgun deer season.
    • 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.
    • Matthiessen - Nature preserves of Marjory C Carlson, Mitchells Grove, and Sandy Ford. Shotgun season: November 16th, 17th, 18th, November 29th, 30th, December 1st and 2nd. Muzzleloader season: December 7-9th. CWD Firearm: December 27-Dec 30th, January 18-20, 2019.
    • 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 - will be closed, except for the campground, for the Firearm Deer Seasons, 16-18 Nov and 29 Nov - 2 Dec.
    • Morrison Rockwood State Park - Morrison Rockwood's boat ramp will be closing on August 6, 2018 for the season. Construction of a new ramp and boat docks will begin on that date. We apologize for any inconvenience.
    • Pekin Lake – is closed to all vehicle access due to road deterioration, walk-in access is allowed.
    • Prophetstown - is closed due to flooding.
    • Rock Island Trail – is closed at 2 locations. Mile 13.4 to Mile 13.9 is closed due to flood damage. This area is located 2.5 miles north of Princeville. The trail is also closed just east of the Spoon River Bridge at Mile 22. This area is 2 miles west of Wyoming and 2.7 miles east of Toulon.
    • Shabbona Lake State Park - As of October 1st, Tomahawk Trail, Papara Trail, and the Snowmobile Trail are all closed for the archery deer hunting season.
    • Starved Rock State Park - Starved Rock (eastern canyons of Illinois, Ottawa, and Kaskaskia along route 71 south side of road) Starved Rock Campground, Starved Rock Nature Preserve, Shotgun season: November 16th, 17th, 18th, November 29th, 30th, December 1st and 2nd. Starved Rock Nature Preserve Muzzleloader season: December 7-9th, CWD Firearm: December 27-Dec 30th, January 18-20, 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.

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Region 2 - Northeastern Illinois

    Last updated: 12/6/2018
    • 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 - 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 will be closed for the 7 day statewide firearm deer season. Will also be closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
    • 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.
    • Volo Bog - Site will be closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day.  

     

     

     

     

Region 3 - East Central Illinois

    Last updated: 10/23/2018
    • Clinton Lake State Recreation Area - Mascoutin (campground, day-use, archery deer hunting area and boat ramp) will be closed to all visitors/traffic from November 5 through 10 for Clinton Lake's annual disabled shotgun deer hunt.  Camping is available year-round but the shower buildings and water facilities will shut down for the season October 29.  Boondocks Grill and Bait and Mascoutin Beach is closed for the season. Mascoutin fish cleaning station is currently closed, pending water line repairs. 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 – 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  - 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, and water is on. 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.
    • 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 -  All access areas are open at this time except the Fishhook Waterfowl Area is closed for pumping water into the Fishhook Waterfowl area for the opening weekend of waterfowl season.
      Dove season is open on the Shelbyville SWMA from sunrise to sunset until November14, 2018, then closed during the deer firearm season and re-opens December 26 through January 9, 2019. No drawings, first come basis with windshield card for site obtained from the DNR website - www.dnr.illinois.gov. All dove fields are non-toxic shot (#7-1/2 or smaller) or steel shot (#6 or smaller).
      Central Zone Waterfowl season opens October 27, 2018.  There will be drawings for blinds on October 27, and October 28 at the Shelbyville Fish & Wildlife Area office and the check station southwest of Allenville.  Register between 4:00 A.M. and 5:00 A.M., drawings at 5:00 A.M. Must have waterfowl windshield card for the Shelbyville SWMA.  Shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1:00 P.M. daily. No drawings after the opening weekend, all waterfowl hunting will be on a first come basis after the opening weekend.
    • Spitler Woods – Park is open to the public for trail access and shelter reservations available online through ReserveAmerica. Seasonal closing for all shelters will be from November 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019. The Twisted Sister Bridge Area and is now open to the public for trail access. However, the small bridge immediately after the Twisted Sister Bridge Area is closed indefinitely for public safety due to wash-out erosion.
    • Walnut Point State Park – The concession, camping and shower building are now open for the season.
    • Weldon Springs State Park – Weldon Springs State Park – The campground is open year-round but the shower building and water facilities will shut down for the season October 24.  The concession and boat rental operation is currently closed.  Black Locust Group Camp is closed until further notice. Beaver Dam Trail is closed due to a foot bridge wash out.  Due to lack of staff, Union School interpretive center is only open to the public Memorial Day through Labor Day.
    • 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: 12/5/2018
       
    • Baldwin Lake -  Park hours are 7am - 5pm
    • Beaver Dam State Park - Restaurant/ winery is closed.   Fish Station has been winterized
    • 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, Monday through Saturday or a time for return will be posted on the door.  Office is closed on Sundays.  Equestrian use and Questing Hills campground are closed for the season; scheduled to re-open April 15, 2019
    • Mississippi River SFWA Follow this link for Flood Update for September -October 2018
    • Nauvoo State Park - The museum is open for the season.
    • Pere Marquette State Park –  The equestrian day use trails East of Graham Hollow are closed for the hunting season.  The Upper Group camps have closed for the 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. 
    • Sand Ridge State Forest -  Snowmobile trails remain closed until 4 or more inches of snow have fallen, and the trap and archery ranges are closed until January 16, 2019 for controlled pheasant season.  All other forest venues are currently open; please call the office after 9am:  309-597-2212 for forest, trail and prescribed burning information, updated daily.  
    • Sangchris Lake SP - the West Boat Ramp, as well as, the east and west arms of the lake will be closed to fishermen for waterfowl season.  The West Lake equestrian trails, Deer Run campground and the fish cleaning stations are closed until March 1, 2019.  The waterfowl refuge area is closed to all boat traffic. 

     

     

     

Region 5 - Southern Illinois

    Last updated: 11/30/2018
    • Beall Woods - Tuliptree, White Oak, Schneck and Sweet Gum trails are open.  Ridgeway is currently closed due to high water and crossing damage.
    • Dixon Springs State Park - The pool has closed for the season. It will reopen in 2019.
    • 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 closed through April 30, 2019. Giant City Stables remains open with winter hours. The Walk-In Campground (first come-first served) only December 1 - April 1. Campground showerhouse will be closed December 2 - April 1. GIant City Lodge will be closed December 3 - January 31.
    • Golconda Marina –  Updates will be posted on this site. Rauchfuss Hill is currently closed.
    • Horseshoe Lake - Alexander County - The bike and hiking trails are currently closed.
    • Kinkaid Lake - A Lake Draw Down will be performed from November 1, 2018 through March 1, 2019 resulting in low lake levels. Boaters should use extreme caution during this period.
    • Newton Lake – Section 6 Pond (Hamm James) is currently closed. 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 - The beach is closed for the season. It will re-open May 25th, 2019. Lakeside Restaurant and Marina are currently closed. Information concerning opening will be posted when available. The equestrian trails are closed for hunting season and safety concerns. They will re-open on May 10th, 2019.
    • Trail of Tears State Forest - North and South Forest Roads will be closed December 24 through the end of Spring Turkey Season. Horse trails are closed through April 30, 2019.
    • Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park - Shelters are closed for the winter. Class "A" camping area, bike trail and shelter areas are closed for a disabled shotgun deer hunt November 2nd, 3rd and 4th and will reopen Monday, November 5th. Shady Rest camping loop will reopen by 9 am Monday morning and will stay open the remainder of the winter.