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. However, the concessions and the Nature Center will remain closed.

UPDATE from IDNR's Moraine Hills Web Page as of May 1:



  • 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

  • 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)


  • Park office will be closed to the public, site office open for information phone calls

  • Concession operations will be closed at this time (Boat Rental, Bait Shop)

  • All playgrounds will be closed

  • Visitor Center closed

  • All Shelters will be closed 

  • Boardwalks with shared entryways and exits are closed

  • All group activities and events will be canceled

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!

The 2020 Environmental Studies Scholarship applications are available! We have extended the submission date to June 1, 2020.  Click here  for more information.

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

Our Nature Center has a new floor and new lighting! Click here for more info.


Looking for one of our nature programs?

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




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.

*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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