Looking for one of our nature programs?

Join us for Bird Walks and Walk With a Naturalist!

Click here for Bird Walk info. 

Click here for Walk With a Naturalist

Watch for this green and pink feather flag as you drive into the park.


The 2020 Environmental Studies Scholarships have been awarded. Congratulations to Natalia Ocampo and Paige Orals!  Click here  for more information.

Check out our video about our amazing state park!  Click here to watch it; you'll want to visit soon!

Do you have fun behind a camera? Volo Bog State Natural Area, our sister site, is hosting its 34th photo contest! Entries will be accepted through October 18th. Click here for the application (lots of rules, read carefully). 


Beginning May 1 2020, the IDNR began opening our state parks including Moraine Hills State Park where visitors will be allowed to engage in activities such as wildlife viewing, hiking, biking, and fishing. 

     Moraine Hills State Park will open at 8:00 a.m., not at sunrise as noted in the general IDNR statement. 

Run for the Hills will be a virtual event this year. Click here for more information. 

UPDATE from IDNR's Moraine Hills Web Page:



  • The Nature Center is open, pending the availability of volunteer docents and staff.  The center is limited to a maximum of 2 people, including staff. Masks are required.

  • 10 miles of trails will be available for hikers, walkers, and cyclists as well as day use areas.

  • Boats brought in by car top can be carried in to Lake Defiance and the Fox River and both are open for boaters and fisherman 

  • Shoreline fishing will be open at McHenry Dam

  • Concession operations have reopened at this time (Boat Rental, Bait Shop) at McHenry dam, with Concessionaires Jim and Rhonda opening the McHenry dam gate at 6:00 a.m.

  • 14 Pit Toilets open

  • Flush toilets and handwashing available at Moraine Hills and McHenry Dam

  • Roads are open to walking and biking throughout the park

  • Picnicking available at designated areas throughout the park (Must adhere to social distancing guidelines set forth by the State).

  • Picnic shelters are open for groups up to 50 people. Reservations are REQUIRED through reserveamerica.com

  • Interpretive programs (Walk With a Naturalist, Bird Walks, Osprey Watch) have begun with a limit of 15 people, including staff. We will be following COVID 19 protocols, so don't forget to bring your mask.



  • Boardwalks with shared entryways and exits are closed.

  • All large group activities and events will be canceled, such as Outdoors is for Everyone.

This is a trying time for all of us. We appreciate your understanding as we navigate through this uncharted territory. Please feel free to email the IDNR at DNR.Parksadmin@Illinois.gov with additional questions.

Join the Friends!


Check the Calendar, Events and Programs tab for program times and dates.* 

The purpose of The Friends of Moraine Hills State Park is to preserve the local natural heritage and promote citizen awareness of Moraine Hills State Park. This is done through special events, educational and training programs, and acquisitions of properties. Because portions of the Park are dedicated state nature preserves, the Friends also assist in taking steps necessary to insure the continued care and preservation of the Park as a natural site.


Board Meetings are open to the public and held at 6:45 pm on the fourth Thursday of each month in the Volo Bog Visitor Center.

*When programs return, registration for most programs is through our Volo Bog office by calling 815-344-1294 or emailing us at dnr.volobog@illinois.gov.

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