Below are alerts listed from the park

May 29th re-opening guidelines

Here are the guidelines recommended by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)

  • Stay at home: Please stay at home if you are sick or feeling any symptoms, such as fever, coughing, trouble breathing, and/or flu-like symptoms
  • Social Distancing: Practice social distancing by keeping at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others
  • Face Covering: All visitor should bring with them a face covering in case social distancing cannot be achieved
  • Hand Sanitizer: All visitors should bring hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol
  • Visit alone: When you come to visit, please come alone or with members of your household
  • Stay local: Visit parks that are closest to where you live
  • Avoid crowds: If you arrive at a park and crowds are forming, please move to another area or return another time/day to visit
  • Don’t spread: Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper arm or elbow.
  • Closed areas: Some trails and parking lots are closed at this time due to flooding
  • Facilities: Restrooms and hand washing stations are available
  • More info: Please visit for further information on either Matthiessen or Starved Rock
Parks closed in May

Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks, including all buildings, trails, campground, and boat ramp, will remain closed for the month of May.

For more information, contact the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is supported by volunteers in the Starved Rock Foundation. Illinois Department of Natural Resources owns and operates all Illinois State Parks. For more information on outdoor activities and official state park information, check out Illinos Department of Natural Resources website or email

Department of Natural Resources
Parks are closed

Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks are closed until further notice due to precautions set forth to safeguard visitors from the spread of the COVID 19 virus.

Thank you for understanding.
March Programs Cancelled at Starved Rock Visitor Center

The March 20th Equinox Night Hike at 7 p.m. as well as the March 29th, Mushrooms of Illinois program at 1:30 p.m. have been cancelled.  We apologize for any inconveniences. 

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