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Matthiessen State Park


  • Lake Falls staircase to lower falls.
  • Cascade Falls staircase to lower falls.  
  • The Matthiessen State Park Dells entrance and parking lot will be closed starting May 2nd through August 1st, 2022 for road construction. 
  • Matthiessen Lake Shelter road and parking lot off of route 71 will be closed starting May 2nd through August 1st, 2022. 

Visitor Information:

  1. Matthiessen Dells area and Vermillion River Area typically shutdown on weekends May through October when they have reached full capacity (parking lots are full) around 10 a.m. and will not reopen again until 3 p.m.

  2. Playgrounds and picnic shelters are first come, first served.


  • No Swimming in park waterfalls, creeks, or the River.

  • Rock Climbing/rapelling is not allowed anywhere in the park.

  • Bicycles, scooters, skates, and skateboards are not allowed on the trails in the Matthiessen Dells Area. Bike trails can be found at the Matthiessen Vermillion River Area only.

  • Drones are not allowed at either park.

  • Metal detecting is not allowed at either park.

  • It is illegal to possess alcohol at either park.

  • It is illegal to possess intoxicating substances at either park.

  • It is illegal to go off trail or make new trails at either park. Please follow paved trails that are wider than two people and marked with posts, dots on trees, and maps at intersections.

Trails and Trail Map

Canyons, streams, prairie and forest combine to delight visitors at Matthiessen State Park. Located in 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 Matthiessen Trail Map

Park Information:

Northwestern Illinois

Box 509
Utica IL 61373




N: 41.286
W: -89.025

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