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. 



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Lake Glendale and Redbud Campground Prospectus

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This prospectus is being issued to solicit applications for a concession campground special use permit. A permit to provide high-quality public service in the operation and maintenance of Government-owned recreation facilities located on the Hidden Springs Ranger District of the Shawnee National Forest will be issued. Deadline for applications is October 23, 2015


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.