Flooding: Starved Rock update

Here is the latest on the impact of the flooded Illinois River on Starved Rock State Park. (Photo is from the files.)

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

Starved Rock State Park Open, but Parking Limited due to Flooding UTICA – Visitors to Starved Rock State Park should be aware that parking is limited due flooding. The park and hiking trails remain open, and parking is available at the Starved Rock Lodge. However, the Starved Rock Visitor Center main parking lot, boat ramp, and picnic areas remain closed due to flooding. The main parking lot normally can hold up to 500 cars. Check Illinois State Park conditions at the IDNR Website. Additional updates: The Illinois Route 178 entrance to Starved Rock will be closed on weekends until further notice due to flooding and traffic control. The Illinois Route 71 entrance will be open. Parking will be limited until the main parking lot is open. Overflow parking areas are unavailable due to wet conditions. The Starved Rock Visitor Center will remain open with normal business hours of 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily. Parking is available at the Starved Rock Lodge (Rt. 71 entrance). Access the Starved Rock Visitor Center via the staircase behind the Starved Rock Lodge. The Starved Rock Lodge will remain open with normal business hours. Plan to arrive early. The Starved Rock Lodge parking area was completely full by 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, June 20. Matthiessen State Park multi-use trails and lower canyon trails at the Matthiessen Dells Area are closed until further notice due to flooding and wet conditions. Use caution while hiking, because trails are wet and muddy. Swimming and wading are prohibited. Updates will be posted as soon as conditions improve. Visit the IDNR’s site closure page for more information. Follow the IDNR on Facebook and Twitter

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