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Thank you for your interest in visiting one of Illinois' State Parks – we're excited to welcome you home! We continue to monitor the spread and effects of COVID-19, working closely with the Office of Governor J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Most IDNR sites have opened to the public. However, historic sites which do not have outdoor acreage, or which typically offer indoor interpretive tours will remain closed at this time.

While normal park hours will resume, playgrounds and visitors centers will remain closed until further notice. Concessions will be open at all sites.

Campgrounds and camping will be open to the public. IDNR asks campers to keep public health and safety top-of-mind by adhering to the IDNR Camping Guidelines.

For more information on state parks, fish and wildlife areas and recreational areas, as well as additional information regarding recreational opportunities available at each site, please review our State Parks website.


Our primary concern is the health and safety of our visitors. If you do choose to visit one of our state parks, please remember to:

  • Practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet of distance between yourself and others;
  • Please stay home if you are sick or feeling any symptoms, such as fever, coughing, troubled breathing, and/or other flu-like symptoms;
  • Visit alone or with members of your household;
  • Stay local and visit parks that are closest to where you live;
  • If you arrive at a park and crowds are forming, please move to another area or return another time/day to visit; and
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper arm/elbow. 

At the direction of the Illinois Department of Public Health, restrooms, shower buildings (for restroom and handwashing use only) and flush toilet buildings with hand washing facilities are open.  

Please feel free to email us at DNR.Parksadmin@Illinois.gov with additional questions.