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Expect Travel Delays, Possible Closures at Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks Labor Day Weekend

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACTS:
Rachel Torbert
217-785-3953
Expect Travel Delays, Possible Closures at Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks Labor Day Weekend
UTICA, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is reminding visitors planning a trip to Starved Rock and Matthiessen state parks this Labor Day weekend to arrive early in the day and be alert for traffic delays and parking closures.

Temporary parking closures occur frequently during spring and summer weekends, holiday weekends and fall color weekends at Starved Rock, with the heaviest traffic and most likely times for park closures between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on busy days.

IDNR Conservation Police and park personnel monitor traffic flows and encourage motorists near Starved Rock and Matthiessen to slow down, be patient, and follow directions. 

When parking lots reach capacity, the parks may be closed temporarily for safety reasons until parking becomes available. Starved Rock’s Parkman’s Plain parking area off of Illinois Rt. 71, closed due to construction since April, will be open this weekend.

Starved Rock Lodge guests and lodge restaurant guests with reservations will be allowed to enter the park. Lodge parking will be restricted to lodge patrons with reservations.

Once at the parks, visitors are reminded to follow safety rules, including:
• No possession of alcohol on trails
• No hiking off trails
• No climbing rock walls and cliffs
• No swimming
• No defacing sandstone walls with paint or etchings
• No littering
• No being on trails after dark

For updates, visitors may check for information on park activities and possible temporary closures as they near the parks by tuning to the Starved Rock radio station on 1610 AM.  Visitors also can check for updates via IDNR’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
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