Starved Rock and Matthiessen state parks: Labor Day weekend alerts

Once again, there will be traffic issues and possible parking closures for the Labor Day weekend around Starved Rock and Matthiessen state parks.

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A file photo of a waterfall at Matthiessen State Park.

Dale Bowman

Once again, expect major traffic and likely some parking closures at the complex of state parks of Starved Rock and Matthiessen during the three-day Labor Day weekend.

Here is the word from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources:

Expect Travel Delays, Possible Closures at Starved Rock, Matthiessen State Parks Labor Day Weekend UTICA, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is reminding visitors planning a trip to Starved Rock and Matthiessen state parks this Labor Day weekend to arrive early in the day and be alert for traffic delays and parking closures. Temporary parking closures occur frequently during spring and summer weekends, holiday weekends and fall color weekends at Starved Rock, with the heaviest traffic and most likely times for park closures between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on busy days. IDNR Conservation Police and park personnel monitor traffic flows and encourage motorists near Starved Rock and Matthiessen to slow down, be patient, and follow directions. When parking lots reach capacity, the parks may be closed temporarily for safety reasons until parking becomes available. Starved Rock’s Parkman’s Plain parking area off of Illinois Rt. 71 is closed due to construction, but all other lots are expected to be open this weekend. Starved Rock Lodge guests and lodge restaurant guests with reservations will be allowed to enter the park. Lodge parking will be restricted to lodge patrons with reservations. Once at the parks, visitors are reminded to follow safety rules, including: • No possession of alcohol on trails • No hiking off trails • No climbing rock walls and cliffs • No swimming • No defacing sandstone walls with paint or etchings • No littering • No being on trails after dark For updates, visitors may check for information on park activities and possible temporary closures as they near the parks by tuning to the Starved Rock radio station on 1610 AM.Visitors also can check for updates via IDNR’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

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