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Flooding & more closures: Illinois outdoors

Flooding continues to impact sites and programs around Illinois.

The general list of closures may be found at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/closures/Pages/default.aspx.

But here are four notes and updates sent today by Chris Young, communications director for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

First:

Everyone,

Below are a few updates I received from our sites this morning. Also attached is a notice that the Kaskaskia River is closed to recreational boating from the Carlyle Lake Dam to the confluence with the Mississippi River. I will pass along any new information that comes in.

Carlyle Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area

Due to high water levels in sub-impoundment areas, boats with 10 horsepower motors will be allowed beginning today, Dec. 29. All hunting areas are presently open.

Starved Rock State Park (LaSalle County)

The lower parking lots and picnic areas at Starved Rock State Park are closed due to flooding. The visitor Center remains open and all trails are open. Parking is available at the Starved Rock Lodge lot and the overflow lot. Starved Rock Lodge is open and unaffected by this. Matthiessen State Park is open and Matthiessen hiking trails are open. Visitors should expect to find muddy trail conditions.

Johnson Sauk Trail State Park (Henry County) reopened this morning.

Kankakee River State Park (Kankakee and Will Counties) has reopened but boat launches and the Island View parking lot are closed due to high water.

The Canoe Access Day Use Area in the Mackinaw River State Fish and Wildlife Area (Tazewell County) is closed due to flooding. The Day Use Area will stay closed at least through Jan. 3.

Most of the Kickapoo State Recreation Area (Vermilion County) is closed due to flooding.

Then this add:

Controlled Pheasant Hunting Suspended at

Eldon Hazlet State Park Starting Friday, January 1 

CARLYLE, IL – Eldon Hazlet State Park will be closed beginning Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. The park is being closed due to the high water level at Carlyle Lake which prevents safe access to the park. As a result, the Controlled Pheasant Hunting Program at Eldon Hazlet will be suspended on Friday, Jan. 1 through Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016.

Controlled Pheasant Hunting Reserved Permit holders for this period have two options:

1. The permit may be transferred to a later hunt date at Eldon Hazlet or another IDNR operated site with hunt dates later than Jan. 3. To transfer the Permit please use the Reserved Permit Transfer Feature on the Controlled Pheasant Hunting Website. The Permit will need to be transferred 24 hours prior to the hunt date.

2. You may have us cancel your Reserved Permit. If you have us cancel your Permit, we will credit the Permit and transaction fees to the credit card account used to reserve the Permit. You will need to notify us by return e-mail that you would prefer to have the Permit cancelled. Please provide the Permit holders name as it appears on the Permit and the Permit holders IDNR Customer number with the return e-mail.

For more information about closures at Illinois Department of Natural Resources sites, visit: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/closures/Pages/default.aspx

And these two letters on closures of the Big Muddy and Mazon rivers:

Mazon River Closure 122915

Big Muddy River Closure 122915