Illinois DNR Says Starved Rock State Park Likely to Reach Capacity this Weekend

If you are planning a trip to Starved Rock State Park this weekend you’d better get there early. According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, they are planning for an influx of visitors that will take the park up to the current limit of visitors. “Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks are extremely busy on normal weekends, but crowds increase significantly during holiday weekends. Visitors need to remember we will close the parks when they reach capacity, so they should have an alternate park in mind should the parks be at capacity when they arrive,” said Captain Laura Petreikis, Illinois Conservation Police. “If they are able to get in, parking restrictions and No Parking zones will be enforced, meaning owners risk having their vehicles towed if they park outside of designated areas.” Currently, Starved Rock State Park’s south entrance on Illinois Rt. 71 and west entrance on Illinois Rt. 178 are open to the public. With increased traffic, and traffic back ups leading to congestion on state routes and Interstate 80, Conservation Police Officers are urging park visitors to utilize alternate routes when driving to the parks.


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