The Matthiessen/Vermilion River Area south entrance of Matthiessen State Park is located just two miles south of Starved Rock State Park on Route 178.

From the North, West, and East: From Route 80, take Exit 81 (Route 178) south to Utica, IL; then travel five miles south on Rt 178.

From the South: From Route 39, take Exit 51 (Route 71) east to Route 178.  NOTE: Do not take the Oglesby short cut because the Ed Hand Bridge is out.


Mileage to Matthiessen State Park:

  • Aurora/Naperville…54
  • Bloomington…63
  • Champaign…118
  • Chicago…94
  • Joliet…58
  • Peoria…65
  • Quad Cities…95
  • Rockford…83
  • Springfield…127
  • St. Louis…224


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