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7/18/2014 10:08:00 AM
Most Starved Rock trails still closed

NT Staff

The majority of trails, the Riverside picnic area and boat launch remain closed at Starved Rock State Park due to storm damage.

Park visitors are advised to observe closure signs this weekend, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Illinois Conservation Police issued 57 citations for unlawful entry into a restricted area during the seven days prior to July 14. Officers also cited people on closed trails for use of alcohol and made a dozen arrests on drug charges.

The first phase of cleanup has been completed by Illinois Department of Natural Resources crews, volunteers from ADM (Archer Daniels Midland) and Living Land and Waters.

The DNR repaired stairways, decking and railings.

A tree service will soon remove hanging dead or damaged limbs, debris piles and dead or damaged trees from the closed trail system and Riverside area.

Portions of the park that open include:

  • Starved Rock Lodge
  • Visitor Center is open with regular hours of 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Main parking and picnic areas
  • French Canyon (reachable from a trail near the lodge).
  • Trails to canyons at the east end of the park including Ottawa, Kaskaskia and Illinois.
  • Lone Point Shelter
  • The campground
  • Matthiessen State Park

Related Stories:
• The masses migrate to Matthiessen
• Army of 250 clean up storm debris from Starved Rock

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