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Parks Open for Limited Use During COVID-19


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.

Effective May 29, most IDNR sites will reopen 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, shelters, 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 following guidelines:

  • Individual campsites are limited to campers within an immediate household and campfires are limited to those occupying a specific campsite;
  • Picnic tables are available and should be used by members of the immediate household;
  • Cabins are open for use by families or members within an immediate household;
  • Campers should follow site-specific guidelines when using shared facilities, including showers;
  • Campers should continue to adhere to social distancing and other public health directives while at state campgrounds; and
  • Campers assume all personal responsibility and should abide by posted 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.

The below locations are currently open. For additional information on specific areas within the parks that are open, please follow the link to the park webpage. 


Northwestern Illinois: Argyle Lake State Park, Black Hawk State Historic Site, Franklin Creek State Natural Area, Hennepin Canal State Trail, Illini State Park, Johnson-Sauk Trail State Recreation AreaJubilee College State Park, Lowden State Park, Mississippi Palisades State ParkMorrison-Rockwood State Park, Prophetstown State Park, Rock Cut State ParkRock Island Trail State Park, Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area, White Pines Forest State Park

Northeastern Illinois: Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park / North Point Marina, Chain O' Lakes State Park, Goose Lake Prairie State Natural AreaIllinois and Michigan Canal State Trail (includes Buffalo Rock, Channahon, Gebhard Woods, and William G Stratton), Kankakee River State Park, Moraine Hills State Park, Silver Springs State Fish & Wildlife Area, Volo Bog State Natural Area

East Central Illinois: Clinton Lake State Recreation Area, Eagle Creek State Park, Fox Ridge State ParkKickapoo State Park, Lincoln Trail State Park, Moraine View State Recreation Area, Walnut Point State ParkWeldon Springs State ParkWolf Creek State Park

West Central Illinois: Beaver Dam State Park, Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area, Fort de Chartres State Historic Site, Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish & Wildlife Area, Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, Nauvoo State Park, Sangchris Lake State Park, Siloam Springs State Park, Washington County State Recreation Area

Southern Illinois: Beall Woods State Park, Cache River State Natural Area, Cave-in-Rock State Park, Dixon Springs State Park, Ferne Clyffe State ParkFort Massac State Park, Giant City State Park, Hamilton County State Fish & Wildlife Area, Horseshoe Lake-Alexander State Fish & Wildlife Area, Kinkaid Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area, Lake Murphysboro State Park, Ramsey Lake State Recreation Area, Red Hills State Park, Saline County State Fish & Wildlife Area, Sam Parr State Fish & Wildlife AreaStephen A Forbes State Recreation Area, Tunnel Hill State TrailWayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area

 

Safety 

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 currently open.  

We appreciate your understanding as we navigate uncharted territory. Please feel free to email us at DNR.Parksadmin@Illinois.gov with additional questions.