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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: 1/17/2017

     

    • 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.
    • Delabar State Park - All water and electric is shut off for the winter.
    • 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 County State Fish & Wildlife Area - closed until further notice due to hgih water and ice.
    • Henderson Creek Access - is closed until further notice due to high water and ice.
      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.   
    • 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 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.
    • Mackinaw River State Fish & Wildlife Area - Canoe Access Area Road - the entrance road is closed due to freezing and thawing conditions - walk in is permitted.  
    • 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
    • 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 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: 2/2/2017
    • Chain O'Lakes State 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 Prairie Visitor Center may be closed on weekends due to staffing, please call to verify hours of operation.
    • Heideke Lake - Effective 12/14/16 the lake will be  closed to goose hunting due to ice.  The Lake will remain closed through the end of the goose season.
    • I&M Canal – The Trail is currently closed for snowmobiling. 
      • Non-snowmobile use: 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/ice. The visitor center is closed until further notice. Boat launches may intermittently be closed due to high water/ice.  Some of the restrooms may be closed due to maintenance issues. Potawatomi & Chippewa Campgrounds are closed for the season due to improvement projects. The main park closes at 6:00 PM. Equestrian campground has no water available. Reservations on ReserveAmerica.com are highly recommended.
    • 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: 1/25/2017
    • 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 –  Portions of the campground are open and camping is available with electricity and limited water.  Showers are closed until April 1st.  The boat ramp is open - conditions are slick due to rapidly dropping water levels.  No dock is available.  The fish cleaning station is closed.  All trails are open, weather dependent. The golf course is open for the off-season - weather and course conditions dictate availability of play.
    • Fox Ridge State Park –      Due to damage from a fallen tree, the Monkey Bars and Hand Walk Bar are closed on the fitness trail until further notice. Camping is available however showers, cabins and the brick pavilion are closed for the season.
    • 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 closed for the season.  Water and restroom facilities are closed for the season.
    • Lincoln Trail State Park - The restaurant/concession is closed for the season and will re-open on or about April 1. Camping is available and the family shower is open however water in the campground is winterized 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 with the exception of Tall Timber Group camp (closed for the season).  The dump station,  equestrian trails and horseback camp are closed for the season. Timber Trails Horse concession , Old Orchard group camp and the park concession are closed until further notice.
    • Shelbyville - Hunting closes at 1:00 pm daily for the entire Wildlife Management Area and the area is closed for Conservation Order Light Goose Season Feb 1 to March 31, 2017.  Oathout Parking Lot, Cook's Bridge, Depot Rd, Denham Pit, Jonathan Creek Boat at South Gate Access Areas are closed until further notice due to freeze/thaw conditions. 
    • Spitler Woods –  The small walk bridge on Exercise Trail is temporarily closed pending repairs.  The park is open to the public for trail access. Shelter reservations dates are available beginning April 1 - October 31 (shelters are closed November 1 through March 31 annually). Water and restroom facilities are closed for the winter. Twisted Sister Bridge area is currently closed to the public for renovations re-opening TBD.
    • Walnut Point State Park – The concession, camping and shower building are closed for the season.  The concession will re-open on or about April1.
    • Weldon Springs State Park – 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 –  Portions of the campground are open and camping is available with electricity and limited water.  Showers are closed until April 1st.  The boat ramp is open - conditions are slick due to rapidly dropping water levels.  The fish cleaning station is closed.  The horse camp and trails are closed for the season and will reopen April 1st, weather dependent.  The Wolf Creek horse concession is closed.  All hiking trails are open, weather dependent. The Wolf Creek Beach is closed for the season.
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Region 4 - West Central Illinois

    Last updated: 2/8/2017
       
    • Baldwin Lake - hours are 7:00am - 5:00pm.  The Waterfowl Rest Area is now closed for bo
    • 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 618-786-3323 for further updates. The Visitor Center hours of operation are Monday thru Saturday 8:30am - 4:00pm.  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.  The Campground A shower house is closed for the season.
      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 - Equestrian trails and the Mockernut Meadow Equestrian Day Use Area are closed due to thawing conditions; snowmobile trails are also closed.  Prospective trail users should call the office for daily trail updates after 9am:  309-597-2212.  
    • Sangchris Lake -  Deer Run, Maple Flats, Pheasant Run and the fish cleaning station are closed for the season.  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.
    • Washington County Conservation Area - The shower house is closed through April; however, the cabins and campground remain open.
    • Weinberg King - the equestrian area is closed for the season.

     

     

Region 5 - Southern Illinois

    Last updated: 2/7/2017
    • Beall Woods - Ridgeway 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 shower house in the campgrounds have been closed for the season. 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. 
    • Lake Murphysboro State Park - The shower house is closed and water has been shut off to the campground and the dump station for the winter. Water will be turned back on and the shower house opened in the Spring 2017.
    • 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 - 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. The Oak Ridge Shower House is also closed for the 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.