Spring Lake Park to re-open under new guidelines

Courtesy: Spring Lake Park's Facebook Page

MACOMB, Ill. (NEWS3) — Following a lift of some restrictions outlined in Illinois’ stay-at-home order, a local park will welcome visitors back at the end of the week.

Spring Lake Park in Macomb will re-open for boat, shore fishing, hiking and biking starting Friday. This comes after Gov. J.B. Pritzker loosened some mandates last week in a modified version of his stay-at-home that now runs through May 30.

Park staff posted on Facebook the following expectations visitors must follow for safety precautions:

  • Please stay home if you are sick or feeling any symptoms, such as fever, coughing, troubled breathing, and/or other flu-like symptoms
  • Practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet of distance between yourself and others;
  • Visit alone or with members of your own household
  • If you arrive at Spring Lake and crowds are forming, please move to another area or return another time/day to visit
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper arm/elbow
  • One person is allowed in the bait shop restroom at a time.
  • The campground, shelter houses, and playground area will remain closed and roped off. Bait shop, cabins, kayak rentals, paddle board rentals, and pontoon rentals will remain closed.
  • Maintain social distance and help keep all parks as clean as possible.

Spring Lake Park management said only two people will be allowed in a boat at a time. Visitors can bring a kayak or canoe to paddle the lake, but not fish, as long as they maintain two people per boat and a six feet distance from others. Management will allow mushroom hunting on park property. The park will also allow more than two people who are sheltering together to fish from the shore. Staff said night fishing will not be allowed.

Spring Lake Park will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting May 1. Argyle Lake State Park in Colchester is also slated to re-open Friday.