Illinois Beach State Park Reopens

Some restoration will continue throughout spring

Sunday, Apr 1, 2012  |  Updated 9:49 AM CDT
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Illinois Beach State Park Reopens

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A boardwalk invites you to stroll through Illinois Beach State Park. Courtesy Flickr User Chascarper

The Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park reopens Sunday, after two storms last summer caused severe damage to the 4,160-acre park located in north suburban Zion.

In June and July, hundreds of trees at the park fell during two storms that produced winds in excess of 90 miles per hour. The storms also damaged park buildings, picnic areas, trails and campsites.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources hired a tree service contractor to help with the restoration efforts, which included cutting and removing several hundred trees in order to make the park safe for visitors.

Some restoration plans -- like the replanting of trees and some grassy areas -- will continue throughout the spring, according to a DNR release.

The park stretches more than 6 miles along Lake Michigan and includes a hotel, campgrounds, hiking and bike trails, fishing areas and a marina.  It's one of the most popular parks in the state.

During April, the campground will be first come, first serve, the release said. Camping reservations can be made online at ReserveAmerica.com after April.


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