Below are alerts listed from the park
As of January 12th, 2020 the main parking lot and boat ramp at Starved Rock State Park are closed to the public due to flooding from the Illinois River.
All visitors to the park are asked to park at the gravel overflow parking lot located off of the south entrance of the park (state route 71) or the Starved Rock Lodge.
Starved Rock Hunting Seasons/Closures 2019
Trails shall remain open for archery deer season and are no danger to hikers.
Deer Shotgun Season: November 22-24 and December 5-8
Muzzleloader Deer Season: December 13-15
All trails and parking lots south of Route 71 at Starved Rock will be closed to hikers. Only hunters are allowed access. These areas include: Hennepin Canyon parking, Ottawa/Kaskaskia Canyon parking and trails, Illinois Canyon parking and trails, Lone Point Shelter, Starved Rock Nature Preserve, Margery C. Carlson Nature Preserve, Mitchells Grove Nature Preserve, and Sandy Ford Nature Preserve.
Matthiessen State Park will be closed in its entirety. This includes: VRA, Dells, and Lake area. Signs will be posted.
DOO Deer Season: November 22-24 and December 5-8
*Starved Rock Campground closed*
CWD Firearm Season: December 26-29 and January 17-19
These locations will be closed for this season: Starved Rock Nature Preserve, Matthiessen State Park, Sandy Ford Nature Preserve, Mitchells Grove Nature Preserve, and Margery Carlson Nature Preserve.
On November 22-24, the shotgun deer season begins. These locations shall be closed to hikers during this season: Hennepin Canyon parking, Ottawa/Kaskaskia Canyon parking/trails, Illinois Canyon parking/trails, Lone Point Shelter, Starved Rock Nature Preserve, MArgery C. Carlson Nature Preserve, Mitchells Grove Nature Preserve, Sandy Ford Nature Preserve.
Matthiessen State Park shall be closed in its entirety. This includes: the VRA, Dells, and LAke area. Signs shall be posted.
Please 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