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Matthiessen State Park

IMPORTANT:  Matthiessen Dells/Upper Dells trail- Please note 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 from the upper dells is accessible by crossing the bridge at the bottom of the stairway from the parking lot and proceed to head west. 

CLOSED FOR HUNTING:  Matthiessen State Park will be closed for deer hunting on the following dates:

-Novemer 22nd-24th

-December 5th-8th

December 13th-15th

-December 26th-29th

-January 17th-19th

Signs will be posted.  Thank you.

IMPORTANT: Horseback Riders:  The Switchback trail between the Dells and VRA areas is indefinitely closed due to wash out and hazardous trail conditions.  

The equestrian trails and campground will remain open (weather permitting) through noon of November 17th, 2019.   


Canyons, streams, prairie and forest combine to delight visitors at Matthiessen State Park. Located in central LaSalle County, approximately 4 miles south of Utica and 3 miles east of Oglesby, Matthiessen is a paradise for those interested in geology, as well as recreation. Visitors can expect to see beautiful rock formations in addition to unusual and abundant vegetation and wildlife. All of this, along with park and picnic facilities, make Matthiessen State Park a popular choice for an outing.

Matthiessen Trail Map 2.pdfMatthiessen Trail Map 2.pdf


Park Information:

Northwestern Illinois

Box 509
Utica IL 61373



N: 41.286
W: -89.025

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