Below are alerts listed from the park

Nature Preserves Closed for CWD Firearm Season: 12/31-1/3 and 1/15-1/17.

The following nature preserves will be closed to visitors for the hunting season: Matthiessen Nature Preserve, Starved Rock Nature Preserve, Marjory C. Carlson Nature Preserve, Mitchell’s Grove Nature Preserve, and the Sandy Ford Nature Preserve.


Please visit for current hunting dates and park trail closures during the hunting season.

The Starved Rock Visitor Center is now open to the public Mondays through Fridays from 9-12. Capacity is limited to 10 persons at any given time under current COVID restrictions.

Playgrounds and Picnic Shelters are limited to groups of 10 people or less at both parks under current COVID guidelines for the state of Illinois.

During the months of April through October parking lots at both Matthiessen and Starved Rock fill to capacity and close Thursday-Sundays as well as holidays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Social Distancing Guidelines and Masks are still required while visiting state parks and utilizing restrooms, when social distancing cannot be obtained on the trails, and when entering any building at the park.

Tonti Canyon and Bridge Remains Closed.

Broken BridgePlease note that all trails remain open at the park but for the Tonti Canyon access and Tonti bridge. Hike safely!

To report an emergency or get police help

  • Emergency – Call 911
  • Conservation Police (815) 667-4726