- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

UTICA, Ill. (AP) - New data show Starved Rock State Park had its highest-ever attendance in 2014.

The (LaSalle) News-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/145IrnS ) the northern Illinois state park had 2.3 million visitors last year. That breaks the previous high by more than 100,000 visitors.

It was an unlikely year for the park to mark the milestone. A storm had closed trails for a month.

Nearby, Matthiessen State Park recorded its best attendance year since 2003. The park finished 2014 with nearly 380,000 visitors. That’s a 53 percent increase over 2013.

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