Illinois Parks that are Open for Limited Use During COVID-19

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Thank you for your interest in visiting one of Illinois’ State Parks – we’re excited to welcome you back! We continue to monitor the spread and effects of COVID-19, working closely with the Office of Governor J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

To best serve and protect our visitors and staff, the below locations are open effective May 1:

Parks will be open from sun-up to sundown. Guests will be allowed to engage in activities such as wildlife observation, hiking, biking, equestrian use and fishing (both from the bank and boats with a limit of two persons per boat. For additional information on recreational boating, please see guidance issued by DCEO) and mushroom hunting. All visitor centers, campgrounds, playgrounds, shelter reservations, interpretive educational programs, beaches, special events and concessions will remain closed; turkey hunting will remain suspended at state parks. 

For additional information on specific areas within the park that are open, please follow the link to the park webpage.

Northwestern Illinois: Argyle Lake State ParkBlack Hawk State Historic SiteFranklin Creek State Natural AreaHennepin Canal State TrailIllini State ParkJohnson-Sauk Trail State Recreation AreaJubilee College State ParkLowden State ParkMississippi Palisades State ParkMorrison-Rockwood State ParkProphetstown State ParkRock Cut State ParkRock Island Trail State ParkShabbona Lake State Recreation AreaWhite Pines Forest State Park

Northeastern Illinois: Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park / North Point MarinaChain O’ Lakes State ParkGoose Lake Prairie State Natural AreaIllinois and Michigan Canal State Trail (includes Buffalo RockChannahonGebhard Woods, and William G Stratton), Kankakee River State ParkMoraine Hills State ParkSilver Springs State Fish & Wildlife AreaVolo Bog State Natural Area

East Central Illinois: Clinton Lake State Recreation AreaEagle Creek State ParkFox Ridge State ParkKickapoo State ParkLincoln Trail State ParkMoraine View State Recreation AreaWalnut Point State ParkWeldon Springs State ParkWolf Creek State Park

West Central Illinois: Beaver Dam State Park, Eldon Hazlet State Recreation AreaFort de Chartres State Historic SiteJim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish & Wildlife AreaLewis & Clark State Historic SiteLincoln’s New Salem State Historic SiteNauvoo State ParkSangchris Lake State ParkSiloam Springs State ParkWashington County State Recreation Area

Southern Illinois: Beall Woods State ParkCache River State Natural AreaCave-in-Rock State ParkDixon Springs State ParkFerne Clyffe State ParkFort Massac State ParkGiant City State ParkHamilton County State Fish & Wildlife AreaHorseshoe Lake-Alexander State Fish & Wildlife AreaKinkaid Lake State Fish & Wildlife AreaLake Murphysboro State ParkRamsey Lake State Recreation AreaRed Hills State ParkSaline County State Fish & Wildlife AreaSam Parr State Fish & Wildlife AreaStephen A Forbes State Recreation AreaTunnel Hill State TrailWayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area

FAQ Information Sheet


Our primary concern is the health and safety of our visitors. If you do choose to visit one of our state parks, please remember to:

  • Practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet of distance between yourself and others;
  • Please stay home if you are sick or feeling any symptoms, such as fever, coughing, troubled breathing, and/or other flu-like symptoms;
  • Visit alone or with members of your household;
  • Stay local and visit parks that are closest to where you live;
  • If you arrive at a park and crowds are forming, please move to another area or return another time/day to visit; and
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper arm/elbow. 

At the direction of the Illinois Department of Public Health, restrooms, shower buildings (for restroom and handwashing use only) and flush toilet buildings with hand washing facilities are currently open.  

This is a trying time for all of us. We appreciate your understanding as we navigate uncharted territory. Please feel free to email with additional questions.

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