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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: 6/3/2020
    • Apple River Canyon- the following satellite areas will be closed to all but permitted hunters, Nov 22-24, Dec 5-8, 13-15, 26-29, and Jan 17-19: Apple River Canyon Salem/Thompson Units, Hanover Bluff SNA, Iris and Jack Witkowsky SFWA, Rall Woods SNA, Tapley Woods, Wards Grove NP, Winston Tunnel SNA.
    • Anderson Lake - Camping is closed due to flooding.
    • Castle Rock State Park -  will be closed for Firearm Deer hunting on November 22, 23 & 24. Dec 5, 6, 7 & 8. Late Season December 26, 27, 28 & 29. January 17, 18 & 19. Also for Muzzle Loader Season December 13, 14 & 15. Canoe camping along the Rock River is open for the summer / fall. Campground closes during high river or wet conditions. Contact the park at 815/732-7329 for current river / campground conditions.
    • Franklin Creek State Natural Area - will be closed for firearm deer hunting Nov 22-24, Dec 5-8, Dec 26-29 and Jan 17-19. 
    • French Bluff State Natural Area -
    • 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 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. Whitetail campground is closed until further notice. The office, shelters, playground and Youth group area are still closed due to COVID 19.
    • 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 - is closed 
    • Lake Le-Aqua-Na - will be closed to all but permitted hunters, Nov 22-24.   January 1, 2020 through January 1, 2021 the park will be closed for road and lake repair projects. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the site.
    • The 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.
    • Lowden Miller Forest -  will be closed for Firearm Deer hunting on November 22, 23 & 24. Dec 5, 6, 7 & 8. Late Season December 26, 27, 28 & 29. January 17, 18 & 19.
    • Marseilles State Fish and Wildlife Area    MSFWA will be closed to all hunting and access January 17, 2020. Reopens for hunting September 1, 2020. Due to the Illinois National Guard's training needs Marseilles State Fish and Wildlife Area will be closed to hunting Friday, Saturday, and Sundays throughout the months of September and October of each year. 
    • Marshall State Fish and Wildlife Area - primitive camping is closed, and the boat launch is covered, however you can still launch a boat from the road.
    • Matthiessen State Park - Please note the trail to Strawberry Rock and the south bridge has been reopened to hikers, but remains closed for cross county skiing. 
    • Mississippi Palisades -
    • Mautino State Fish & Wildlife Area - Mautino SFWA has reopened to visitors as of Nov. 1, 2019. Visitors can drive into the site to the first parking lot, then walk in to the rest of the site. Access at Mautino SFWA has been limited due to a project to rehabilitate the main road at the site. IDOT, in cooperation with IDNR, have determined that the aggregate base repair and seal coating on the main park road cannot be completed this fall due to weather conditions that delayed work on the project. The contractor will return in June 2020 to complete the road project. The park road is expected to be opened in July 2020.  Through the fall, winter and spring, visitors can access the site by walking in through the open parking areas. 
    • Morrison Rockwood State Park - Equestrian trails are opened. However, please call the park prior to visiting to check for any weather-related closures. The park will also be closed to all but registered hunters for the first Fireman deer season, Nov. 22-24.
    • Pekin Lake – is closed to all vehicle access due to road deterioration, walk-in access is allowed.
    • Rice Lake SFWA - Due to excessive flooding along the Illinois River, the campgrounds are closed. The Duck Island, Rice Lake and Anderson Lake boat launches are closed. However, bank fishing is open at all sites.
    • Rock Cut - The IDNR is alerting site visitors of expected traffic changes during road improvement projects this spring, summer and fall at Rock Cut State Park in Winnebago Co.  Details are available at this link:
      https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/news/Documents/RockCutTrafficAdvisory.pdf.
    • As part of the Rock Cut State Park road project, improvements to the boat ramp parking lot and concession parking lot will require closing those lots this week.  The boat ramp lot will be closed Wed., 9/18 through Friday, 9/20; the concession lot will be closed Thurs., 9/19 and Friday, 9/20.
    • Rock Island Trail -
    • Shabbona Lake State Park -
    • Starved Rock -  Tonty (Tonti) Canyon and bridge will be closed untl further notice due to hazardous trail conditions. Today, Saturday January 11th, the boat ramp is closed due to rising waters and tomorrow morning both the boat ramp and main parking lot (with the exception of two rows closest to the Visitors' Center) will be closed due to the projected floodwaters until further notice. 
      • 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
    • White Pines Forest State Park - All campgrounds, day use areas and hiking trails will be closed to the public during the site's firearm seasons: Nov 18-20, Dec 2-4, Dec 26-29 and Jan 17-19.  The lodge, restaurant and cabins are currently closed.
    • Woodford State Fish and Wildlife Area - is closed for camping Oct 1 - March 31

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 Region 2 - Northeastern Illinois

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    • Buffalo Rock State Park - Playground and shelters are closed.  No group activities or special events allowed at this time.
    • 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.
    • Channahon State Park - Playground and shelter are closed. No group activities or special events allowed at this time.
    • Gebhard Woods State Park - Playground, shelter and campground closed.No group activities or special events allowed at this time. The Visitor Center is Closed.
    • Des Plaines State Fish & Wildlife Area –  The trap range is open from January 6, 2020 thru November 1, 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, shelters and playgrounds are closed.
    • I&M Canal -  No group activities or special events allowed at this time. The trail from Gebhard Woods in Morris heading east 1/4 mile to Calhoun St. is closed. The section of trail from Buffalo Rock Access heading west to Utica is open up to the point of the washout. The Visitor Center is closed.
    • Kankakee River –   All turkey hunting areas except the actual bike trail itself will be closed to mushroom hunters and ALL users except KRSP permitted turkey hunters until 1pm daily from April 1 through May 4, 2020 for the Spring Turkey Hunting Season. The bike trail remains open but users should STAY ON THE TRAIL.
      Potawatomi & Chippewa Campgrounds are closed for the 2020 season 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 8:00 PM.  Reservations on ReserveAmerica.com are highly recommended.
    • Mazonia - Braidwood SFWA - Bullhead Lake is closed indefinitely.
    • 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 for Spring Turkey Hunting Season.
    • Moraine Hills - Site is closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
    • Silver Springs - The trap and archery ranges are open March 1 - October 18 seven days a week, 8 a.m. to sunset. October 19 -  January 13 the ranges are only open Mondays & Tuesdays due to pheasant season. The ranges will be completely closed January 14 - February 29 for coyote season. The equestrian trail is closed September 1 - February 29 for hunting season. December 1 - April 1 the West/Main entrance to the park closes for the winter. The East entrance remains open all year round.
    • Volo Bog - Site is closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.


 Region 3 - East Central Illinois

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    • Clinton Lake State Recreation AreaCamping is available year-round and the shower buildings and water are available for the season.  Boondocks Grill and Bait is currently open for carry out orders and bait/tackle sales only.  Due to the covid-19 pandemic, Mascoutin Beach, the group camp and all picnic shelters and playgrounds remain closed at this time.  The fish cleaning station at Mascoutin boat ramp is currently closed, pending water line repairs. North Fork fish cleaning station is closed indefinitely.
    • Eagle CreekEagle 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  - Pond 6 Area road is closed indefinitely. The low water crossing along west side of Long Pond in Kickapoo is closed to the following activities due to hazardous conditions.

    • Lincoln Trail Homestead - (5/29/20) All playgrounds and pavilions are closed until further notice. Vault toilets and trails are now open.
    • 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 SFWA - (5/29/20) The following areas at Shelbyville SFWA remain closed after the Statewide re-opening due to localized flooding and adherence to the USACOE High/Low water procedures. West Okaw Side; Bethany Boat Launch, Eden Street Boat Launch, Mac McGee Waterfowl Area, 2nd Gate at Cooks Rd., and 2nd Gate at Trap Shoot Area. Kaskaskia Side; Denham Pit Access 2nd Gate, Johnathan Creek Lower Gate, County Pit Access Rd., and Strickland Boat Launch. Those choosing to launch kayaks at Denham Pit or small trailered watercraft at Old Nelson should proceed with extreme caution.

    • Spitler Woods - (5/29/20) Until further notice all playgrounds, pavilions, and Long Creek flush toilet shall remain closed.   The Mt. Zion and Horseshoe flush toilets as well as a all trails are now open.
    • Walnut Point State Park – The concession, camping and shower building are now open for the season.
    • Weldon Springs State ParkThe campground is open year-round and the water and shower facilities are available for the season.  The boat rental and concession operation is currently closed but will be opening later this summer.  Due to the covid-19 pandemic, the visitor’s center, group camps and all picnic shelters and playgrounds remain closed at this time.  Beaver Dam Trail is closed due to a foot bridge wash out.
    • 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

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    • Baldwin Lake -  Park hours are 8am - 4pm through February 16, 2020.
    • Beaver Dam State Park - The winter hours of operation for the restaurant and bait shop starting October 31 will be Thursday/ Fridays - 11am to 6pm.  Saturday/ Sundays - 8am - 6pm.  Closed Monday through Thursday as well as February 17 - 29, 2020.  The fish cleaning station is closed for the season.  Campers can register at the park office or by using the silent host program.
    • 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 Friday or a time for return will be posted on the door.  Office is closed on Monday and Sundays. 
    • Kaskaskia River Area - the following boat ramps are closed: Joe's Landing, White Swan, New Athens, Evansville, Lock & Dam as well as Beck's Landing
    • Nauvoo State Park - The museum is open for the season.
    • Pere Marquette State Park –  Campground and shower house are currently open; however, the shower could be closed should inclement (freezing) weather warrant.  Visitors should call the park office for confirmation.  One vault toilet in the Upper picnic area is closed.  The "Harbor Stone Shelter," which is a first come first serve amenity, does not have electric; however, the structure is still able to be used.  The Class A camp ground has - 7 Class A camp sites which have been closed.  The Campground and shower house remain open currently.  The shower could be closed should inclement (freezing) weather warrant.  Visitors should call the park office for confirmation.  One vault toilet in the Upper Picnic Area is closed.  Horse trails East and West of Graham Hollow Road are closed due to the result of freezing and thawing and being wet and muddy.  The trails west of Graham Hollow road are having some trail maintenance conducted on them.  Visitors are encouraged to call the park and use Option 4 for daily opening and closures for the west horse trails.  PMSP Class A Campground WILL BE CLOSED through August for electrical upgrades.  This will also affect the Class B tent area and the campground shelter reservations.  We are currently operating on a first come first serve basis until the contractor begins work.  Reserve America has been administratively closed through August. 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 4. 
    • Sand Ridge State Forest - While group camping and shelters remain temporarily closed, all other seasonal venues are open. For current forest, trail and prescribed burning conditions please call 309/597-2212 anytime after 9:00 am daily.
    • Sangchris Lake SP - The west Equestrian trail is closed until April 1, 2020.  Deer Run Campground closed November 1, 2019 and will remain closed until April 1, 2020.  The fish cleaning station, Pheasant Run and Maple Flats will remain closed until April 1st as well. The West and East Clear Creek horse trails are closed due to high water.
    • Siloam Springs State Park - Equestrian trails and concession area are open for the season. 

     

     

     

     

 Region 5 - Southern Illinois

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    • Beall Woods - Tuliptree and White Oak - Upland portion are open. Ridgeway, Schneck and Sweet Gum trails are closed, White Oak - Bottomland is also closed.
    • Cache River State Natural Area - Please be aware that IDNR is working in conjunction with Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge to re-develop a Containment Basin located one half mile south of the Lower Cache Access boat ramp. This work is being performed using heavy equipment and will continue on and off through the 2019-2020 Waterfowl hunting season. 
    • Cave In Rock State Park - The shower house has been closed for the season.
    • Dixon Springs State Park - The public swimming pool and barracks (group camp area) will remain closed until further notice due to COVID-19.
    • Embarras River Bottoms State Habitat Area - is closed due to flooding.
    • Fort Defiance - This site is closed due to high water.
    • Fort Massac –  The boat ramp is closed due to flooding. The inside of the 1802 American Fort will be closed to the public until further notice for public safety.
    • Giant City State Park - Shelters, group camp and playgrounds remain closed due to Covid-19. Giant City Lodge has opened on a reduced schedule, please contact them directly, 618-457-4921 or visit their facebook page, for details. Giant City Stables is open for business; contact them directly at 618-529-4110 for hours and/or reservations.

    • Golconda Marina –  Rauchfuss Hill is currently closed.
    • Horseshoe Lake - Shelter areas and playgrounds are closed due to COVID guidelines.
    • Kinkaid Lake - The Kinkaid-Reed Conservancy District will begin lowering Kinkaid Lake on Monday November 4. Depending on winter rainfall amounts, Kinkaid Lake may drop a total of 3.5 feet. The two main boat ramps (Mt Joy and Paul Ice) should remain functional during this drawdown. Although recently dredged, caution should be used when attempting to launch at the Johnson Creek boat ramp. The stop logs will be replaced in the beginning of March 2020.
    • Lake Murphysboro - Walk-A-Way Trail will be temporarily closed for trail improvements.
    • Newton Lake – Section 6 Pond (Hamm James) is currently closed. The mountain bike trail is closed indefinitely due to washed out areas.​ 
    • Rauchfuss Hill - Closed until further notice.
    • 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 - Rocky Point Beach is closed for the season. Anticipated opening is Memorial Day weekend 2020. Lakeside Restaurant is currently closed. Lakeside Marina is open, please contact the Park office for Information.
    • Trail of Tears State Forest - Shelters, group camp and playgrounds remain closed due to Covid-19.

    • Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park - Shelter areas, playgrounds and drinking fountains are closed due to COVID guidelines.