Located in southern Illinois, the Shawnee National Forest’s natural beauty is ideal for all types of outdoor recreation. Nestled between the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers the Forest’s landscape features rolling hills, forests, open lands, lakes, creeks and rugged bluffs. The area’s mild weather throughout the year makes a visit during any season enjoyable. 


Recreation Information

Use the Topic List on the left to search by Recreation Activity or search by Recreation Site for information and site maps.


Trip Planning Tools

Forest Emergency & Safety Brochure 
Rules and Restrictions  
Area Alerts and Closures
List of Outfitters and Guides


Sorry, the Shawnee National Forest does not take reservations for campsites or picnic shelters.

There are a number of chamber of commerces and tourism bureaus that can assist you. For your convenience below is a list of these partners in tourism.   

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Johnson Creek Recreation Area    There is no longer a beach and swimming allowed at Johnson Creek Recreation Area.  The Boat Launch is open, but recommended for use by small water crafts, such as canoes, kayaks, and small motor boats.
Pounds Hollow Recreation Area    Electric campsites are now available at Pounds Hollow Lake - Pine Ridge Campground (20,30 & 50 amp). There are 11 electric campsites and 24 non-electric sites.