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


Project WET Water Education for Teachers

Project WET Workshop - November 7th from 9:00am - 4:00pm at Touch of Nature Environmental Center (in Sledgefoot Lounge).  This workshop is for any formal and non-formal educator that works with grades K-12.  See workshop flyer for details and how to register. Special thanks to our co-host SIU-C Touch of Nature for assisting with this Project WET workshop.


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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 will be available to meet with prospective proponents. Field visits with Forest Service personnel are scheduled for October 15 & 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The tour is the same on each day, so participants only need to attend one of the days. The tour will take a total of approximately four hours and participants will need to provide their own transportation.  Those interested in the guided tour or who need further information, should contact Bob Monroe, District Recreation Staff Officer at (618) 658-1308 or email:


Sustainable Living Expo

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October 24th -Dixon Springs Ag. Center - This Expo is all about Good Choices, Smart Living, Help Yourself !!

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.