Canyons, streams, prairie and forest combine to delight visitors at Matthiessen State Park. Located in central LaSalle County, approximately four miles south of Utica and three miles east of Oglesby, Matthiessen is a great place for those interested in geology as well as recreation. Visitors can see beautiful rock formations in addition to unusual and abundant vegetation and wildlife.
CLOSED During hunting seasons:
November 20 - 22, 2009, 1st Shotgun Season
December 3 - 6, 2009. 2nd Shotgun Season
December 11 - 13, 2009, Muzzleloader Season
December 31, 2009 - January 3, 2010, Late Firearm Season
January 15 - 17, 2010, Late Firearem Season
This park has some interesting canyons and rock formations formed by waterfalls and erosion. A 5-mile trail accommodates hikers in temperate weather and crosscountry skiers during winter. There is an equestrian trail, too. Bring a picnic basket and enjoy the natural beauty all around you. Swimming is not allowed in this park, however. Pets must stay on a leash at all times, and their owners must clean up after them. There is a vending machine area, but for any other food or information, you’ll have to go over to Starved Rock State Park.
You would never know that you were in the middle of the prairie when you are in Matthiessen State Park. This seems to be a park lesser known than its neighbor Starved Rock State Park. But we think has more beautiful waterfalls. Highly recommend going in the spring to see the fullest falls of the year. The weekdays are less crowded. This is an easy 2-3 hours of fun.