- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

UTICA, Ill. (AP) - Officials are urging visitors at Starved Rock State Park to take care while hiking because recent storms have left trails wet and muddy.

The park in north-central Illinois and its hiking trails remain open, but flooding has limited parking.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says the main parking lot at the visitor center as well as the boat ramp and picnic areas are closed because of the recent rains.

The park entrance at state Route 178 will also be closed on weekends because of flooding.

Parking is available at the Starved Rock Lodge at the state Route 71 entrance.

State officials are also reminding people that swimming and wading are prohibited.

The park’s waterfalls, canyons and hiking trails draw some 2 million visitors a year.

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