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Matthiessen State Park trails are open. The road into the Dells parking lot and the road into the Lake Shelter parking area are closed for road work. All visitors are asked to use the Vermillion River Area access and parking which is just south of the Dells entrance on route 178.

Please be aware there is about 1 mile or more hike through the tallgrass prairie from the Vermillion Area over to the Dells trails into the Upper and Lower Dells system.

Please remember to read all signs and "know before you go" by visiting the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website at www2.illinois.gov/dnr where you can view any state park's webpage by name under the Parks and Recreation tab.
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Matthiessen State Park trails are open.  The road into the Dells parking lot and the road into the Lake Shelter parking area are closed for road work.  All visitors are asked to use the Vermillion River Area access and parking which is just south of the Dells entrance on route 178.  

Please be aware there is about 1 mile or more hike through the tallgrass prairie from the Vermillion Area over to the Dells trails into the Upper and Lower Dells system.  

Please remember to read all signs and know before you go by visiting the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website at https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr where you can view any state parks webpage by name under the Parks and Recreation tab.

Best time to visit?
Answered by Site Superintendent, Alvin Harper
I heard both parks can get quite busy and parking can be hard to find. When is the best time to visit?
It is always a great time to get outdoors and take a hike, but Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Park’s busy season stretches from Memorial Day through Labor Day, spring break, and weekends extending from Labor Day through the end of October.
Trails open at 7 a.m. daily and close at sunset. The visitor center and restrooms do not open until 9 a.m. daily. The visitor center closes at 4 p.m. but the restrooms at the front of the building close by 5 p.m. The visitor center is open most holidays except for Veterans Day, Election Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Years Day, Martin Luther King’s Birthday, and Presidents Day.
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Best time to visit?
Answered by Site Superintendent, Alvin Harper
I heard both parks can get quite busy and parking can be hard to find.  When is the best time to visit?   
 It is always a great time to get outdoors and take a hike, but Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Park’s busy season stretches from Memorial Day through Labor Day, spring break, and weekends extending from Labor Day through the end of October.  
Trails open at 7 a.m. daily and close at sunset.  The visitor center and restrooms do not open until 9 a.m. daily.  The visitor center closes at 4 p.m. but the restrooms at the front of the building close by 5 p.m. The visitor center is open most holidays except for Veterans Day, Election Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Years Day, Martin Luther King’s Birthday, and Presidents Day.
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The Starved Rock Foundation through generous donations from people like you help further funding for park programs, events, and interpretive materials such as exhibits, maps, and signage found throughout the park.

Through your generosity education and enjoyment of the outdoors can continue at Starved Rock State Park.  We need your help!

Make checks payable to:

Starved Rock Foundation
P.O. Box 398
Utica, IL 61373


How donations are helping

You will be surprised in what can make a difference with keeping this fabulous system running. It is not only about financial assistance but also about people and gifts-in-kind. Look over some of the items below to get an idea of what types of items have helped in the past. We thank you for all of your kind gifts and generosity.

Examples of donated items

  • 8 Upbeat park benches ($6070)
  • Nikon D100 digital camera ($2740.20)
  • Dell Latitude D800 laptop and case ($1759)
  • Dell Dimension 4700 desktop ,Dell 962 all-in-one printer, External floppy drive ($1924.55)
  • 3M overhead projector ($360)
  • Microsoft Office with PowerPoint and Print Shop Deluxe Software ($189.98)
  • Hotpoint refrigerator ($230)
  • Emerson microwave oven ($69.88)
  • Civilian Conservation Corps, historical exhibit in partnership with a grant from the Daughters of the American Revolution ($2,000)
  • Trail maps ($24,000)
  • Eagle and Pelican display ($400)
  • Taxidermy, mammal display case ($$$$)

Examples of donated services

  • $2000 for video production of “The Recent History of the Illinois Indians”
  • $500 to Illinois Audubon Society (Starved Rock Audubon Chapter) for the Eagle Watch Weekend
  • $500 to the Utica Gazebo Fund (2004 tornado)
  • $1200 for Sunday Programs

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About the Starved Rock Foundation

MembershipThe Starved Rock Foundation is a friends group that supports the state park through educational programs, supplies, exhibit updates, leading hikes, trail walkers, front desk support, bookstore, and other labors of love. It is a volunteer-run organization. The Foundation and the staff at the park work hand-in-hand to provide a positive park experience. Without them, the Visitor’s Center, guided hikes, and programs could not happen. You can be part of this team!