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Matthiessen State Park

Matthiessen State Park 

DELLS AREA ONLY has RE-OPENED as of 10/08/20 

The Vermillion River Access Area Remains CLOSED.  

2020 Hunting Season Updates:


  • Starved Rock is a self check in river blind area.
  • Hunters may sign in/sign out at kiosks provided. 
  • Report harvest at kiosk.
  • Land based waterfowl hunting is first come first serve when season starts.  


  • Starved Rock and Matthiessen Combined Firearm Hunting Program 2020 
    1. Site will draw locations for hunters in advance.
    2. Park will have a board/kiosk with hunters names on packet outside of Matthiessen maintenance building.
    3. Packet will include; draw results, parking pass, and hunter bib badge.
    4. Hunters will leave FOID card as traditionally done for checking out packet.
    5. No standbys for the 2020 season. 

Please be aware of the following information:

  • Matthiessen Dells area and Vermillion River Area typically shutdown on weekends when they have reached full capacity (parking lots are full) around 10 a.m. and will not reopen again until 3 p.m. 
  • Picnic shelters are first come, first served and can only take a maximum of 50 people and face masks must be worn if social distancing cannot be obtained. 
  • Playgrounds are now open to the public with a maximum of 50 people at a time and face masks must be worn if social distancing cannot be obtained.  
  • Public Restrooms are open, including flush toilets.
  • Horse campground is now open.   
  • All horseback trails are now open but for the Switchback trail between the Dells and VRA areas which is indefinitely closed due to wash out and hazardous trail conditions.  
  • Please practice social distancing at all times.  Masks must be worn inside of the public restrooms, buildings, and on trails when social distancing cannot be maintained or passing others on staircases and trails. 

Trails and Trail Map

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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