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     April 24, 2020      #13-115 KDJ

Kankakee River State Park among those governor is

Daily Journal staff report

Kankakee River State Park is one of 24 state parks the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is reopening for limited use on May 1 as part of Governor J.B. Pritzker's new executive order announced Thursday.

Parks will be open from sun-up to sundown and guests will be allowed to engage in activities such as wildlife observation, hiking, biking, equestrian use and fishing (both from the bank and boats) and mushroom hunting. All visitors centers, campgrounds, playgrounds, shelter reservations, interpretive educational programs, beaches, and concessions will remain closed. Special events will remain canceled.

Fishing and boating in groups of no more than two people will be permitted. 

At the direction of the Illinois Department of Public Health, restrooms, shower buildings (for restroom and handwashing use only) and flush toilet buildings with hand-washing facilities will be open.

In March, he had ordered all state parks closed as an effort curb spread of the coronavirus. 

State parks re-opening

Northwestern Illinois: Argyle Lake State Park, Jubilee College State Park, Lowden State Park, Morrison-Rockwood State Park, Rock Island Trail State Park, Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area

Northeastern Illinois: Chain o' Lakes State Park, Illinois and Michigan Canal State Trail, Kankakee River State Park, Moraine Hills State Park, North Point Marina

East Central Illinois: Clinton Lake State Recreation Area, Eagle Creek State Park, Kickapoo State Park, Wolf Creek State Park

West Central Illinois: 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

Southern Illinois: Fort Massac State Park, Giant City State Park, Stephen A Forbes State Recreation Area, Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area.

Safety reminders

If you do choose to visit one of the state parks re-opening on May , please remember to:

• Practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet of distance between yourself and others;

• Please stay home if you are sick or feeling any symptoms, such as fever, coughing, troubled breathing, and/or other flu-like symptoms;

• Visit alone or with members of your household;

• Stay local and visit parks that are closest to where you live;

• If you arrive at a park and crowds are forming, please move to another area or return another time/day to visit; and

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper arm/elbow.

Source: Illinois Department of Natural Resources

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