Illinois Conservation Police issued 23 citations to hikers who allegedly violated closed trail and restricted area notices over the weekend in Starved Rock State Park.
Some areas of the park remain closed due to dangerous conditions such as hanging limbs and damaged trees caused by storms a week ago.
Crews are working as fast as possible to clear downed trees and other debris from trails. Posts and signs have been installed to alert hikers to closed trails, according to a press release.
“Officers will enforce closures and issue citations to people entering areas that are off-limits. Give our cleanup crews time to do their jobs,” said Rafael Gutierrez, Chief of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police.
Starved Rock State Park and ADM plan to clean up the riverside area of the park on Wednesday. ADM will bring 200-300 interns and staff from throughout the state and the country. The crew will split up, with half cleaning up Starved Rock State Park and half cutting brush on trails at Matthiessen State Park.
Strong winds July 1 caused widespread damage across northern Illinois. The park’s main trail system remains closed. The visitor center and lodge are open during normal business hours. The trails to Starved Rock remains open as do the Illinois, Ottawa and Kaskaskia canyon trails on the east end of the park.
Trails at nearby Matthiessen State Park also are open.