Flooding Limits Parking At Starved Rock Over Memorial Day Weekend

May 24, 2019

Credit IDNR

Starved Rock State Park will face crowds and intermittent closures this Memorial Day weekend. 

The park already receives many visitors at this time of year, but IDNR spokeswoman Rachel Torbert says recent flooding has put their main parking lot under water.

“About 650 fewer parking spots this Memorial Day Weekend, which means an already busy weekend with quite a few patrons visiting the park is going to be even busier with travel delays and possible closures when parking fills up at the park,” she said.

She advises guests to arrive early, and be aware that conservation police may temporarily close the gates if there isn’t enough parking for additional visitors. However, those who are taking part in scheduled events at the park’s lodge, such as weddings, have access to a separate lot that isn’t affected by overall park volume