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‘Snake Road’ in Shawnee National Forest May Close Earlier Than Planned for Migration

HARRISBURG – The U.S. Forest Service says Forest Service Road No. 345, also known as “Snake Road,” in the Shawnee National Forest may have to closed four to five days early due to recent warm temperatures in the region.

The road is closed bi-annually, from March 15 to May 15, to help ensure safe crossing for several species of snakes and amphibians during this critical time of migration. Some of these creatures are considered threatened and endangered in Illinois and the United States. They migrate from their winter habitat in the limestone bluffs across the road to their summer habitat in LaRue Swamp. 

For the latest on this closure visitors should visit the Forest website at or their Facebook or Twitter social media sites.