Parks have become a source or exercise for most of us, just to take a walk and ride bikes. Most state parks have been closed, but we will soon be open with a few limitations.

Announced during his press conference on Thursday, Governor Pritzker announced that Illinois State Parks can reopen, with limitations. So, what are those limitations? According to the Department of Natural Resources,

Parks will be open from sun-up to sundown. Guests will be allowed to engage in activities such as wildlife observation, hiking, biking, equestrian use and fishing (both from the bank and boats with a limit of two persons per boat) and mushroom hunting. All visitor centers, campgrounds, playgrounds, shelter reservations, interpretive educational programs, beaches, special events and concessions will remain closed.

Parks reopening in West Central Illinois include: Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area, Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area, Sangchris Lake State Park, Siloam Springs State Park, Washington County State Recreation Area.

State Parks are asking people to practice social distancing, cover when you sneeze or cough, and if the park seems crowded come back at a later time or the next day. SO now go enjoy the great outdoors, get exercise, and fresh air!

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