Shawnee National Forest Eclipse 2017 Things You Should Know

Shawnee National Forest Sites Best Suited for Eclipse Viewing
Although much of the Shawnee is covered in forests, there are open areas that provide good locations for viewing the eclipse. National forest land extends across southern Illinois from the Ohio River to the Mississippi River and is intermixed with private land, so be sure you are on public land before setting up your camp or picnic.
Campgrounds (campgrounds are listed from west to east locations in Shawnee NF):

 Johnson Creek Recreation Area

 Turkey Bayou Campground*
 Pine Hills Campground
 Bell Smith Springs Recreation Area
 Lake Glendale Recreation Area
 Garden of the Gods Recreation Area
 Pounds Hollow Recreation Area
 Camp Cadiz Campground
 Tower Rock Campground*
No Reservations Accepted

Instructions for paying campsite fees are located at the entrance of the campground. Campgrounds are patrolled regularly. Please note that some of the campgrounds do

not have drinking water. For a list of developed campground amenities and fees, visit our Recreation webpage under Quick Links.
*Turkey Bayou and Tower Rock Campgrounds are no-fee campgrounds. Space is limited at Turkey Bayou Campground; call Friends of the Bayou at 618-363-5489 to check availability.
No Reservations Accepted
Instructions for paying campsite fees are located at the entrance of the campground. Campgrounds are patrolled regularly. Please note that some of the campgrounds do not have drinking water. For a list of developed campground amenities and fees, visit our Recreation webpage under Quick Links.
*Turkey Bayou and Tower Rock Campgrounds are no-fee campgrounds. Space is limited at Turkey Bayou Campground; call Friends of the Bayou at 618-363-5489 to check availability.

Camping Outside of Developed Fee Campgrounds:
Primitive camping is allowed on National Forest land ¼ mile outside the boundaries of developed campgrounds and picnic areas. Primitive camping is NOT allowed within Natural Areas, Research Natural Areas, on trails or within 150 feet of a lake or stream. There is no fee for primitive camping in the general forest areas, however visitors are limited to camping a maximum of 14 continuous days.
Recommended no-fee camping areas:
 Oakwood Bottoms Interpretive Site
 Lake of Egypt (south side)
 Pennant Bar openland area (near Grantsburg)
For the convenience of campers at these non-developed camping areas, portable toilets and garbage pick-up are provided during Eclipse 2017. These camping areas do not have drinking water. Camping areas are patrolled regularly.
We expect all campgrounds to be full before the weekend of Aug. 18th.    618-253-7114



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