The Shawnee National Forest is located in the southern part of Illinois.
Where is this Forest?


Shawnee National Forest

Welcome to the Shawnee National Forest (NF), part of the U.S.D.A. Forest Service system and the only national forest in Illinois.  Totaling about 286,400 acres the Shawnee NF is located in the southern tip of Illinois and offers a variety of outdoor opportunities and diverse landscapes.  In contrast with the remainder of Illinois, the Shawnee NF’s rolling landscape and rugged bluffs, is home to a diversity of plant and animal life.  Covered in deciduous forests and cradled between two major river ways (Ohio River and Mississippi River), there’s never a shortage of things to do in the Shawnee NF. Discover more about the Shawnee NF using the web links on this page.  The Shawnee NF does not take reservations for campsites. 




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Lake Glendale and Redbud Campground Prospectus

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Accepting applications for a concession campground special use permit. A permit to provide high-quality public service in the operation & maintenance of recreation facilities. Deadline for applications has been extended to October 30, 2015. Shawnee National Forest staff are available to speak with prospective proponents, for more information, contact Bob Monroe, District Recreation Staff Officer at (618) 658-1308 or email:


Prescribed Burn Program

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Information and current maps of our Prescribed Burning program.  Fiscal year 2015 accomplished prescribed burn areas and those planned for fiscal year 2016.

Shawnee NF Mobile Tour

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Access interesting and fun facts about Shawnee National Forest sites using the New Mobile Tour.


Cretaceous Hills Ecological Restoration

A draft envrionmental impact statemnt is being developed for this landscape restoration project.

Invasive Species Management

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Information about the Forest's Invasive Species Management.