All IDNR Sites Are Closed Until Further Notice
Understanding the need to act quickly and decisively in the face of a global pandemic, Illinois was the first state to fully close state parks, fish and wildlife areas, recreational areas and historic sites; the closure took effect March 15.
While it was an extremely difficult decision and one that the Department did not make lightly, we know it was the right one as we continue to see other states encounter large crowds in their state parks, as well as closures of other state parks, recreational areas and federal sites.
Social distancing and staying confined to one’s home are absolutely necessary to slowing the progression of COVID-19. IDNR sees the closures of our state parks, fish and wildlife areas, recreational areas and historic sites as a necessary step in helping stem the spread of disease, protecting both the patron who enjoy our state sites as well as our dedicated employees. The IDNR is working closely with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Governor’s Office to monitor the situation and assess when we can safely reopen our facilities.