WELCOME to the Shawnee National Forest


Dutchman Falls Wintertime
Winter waterfall at Dutchman Lake Photo taken by USFS Jan. 12


Plan Your Next Visit

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Road Closed

Johnson Creek Recreation Area Road has incurred major damage due to a culvert washout.  Due to the road damage Johnson Creek Recreation Area has been closed until assessment and repairs to the road are completed. 

Recent News


Proposed Recreation Fee Changes


The initial comment period has ended. Many comments on the proposal were received. This spotlight will be updated as the project develops.

Shawnee Celebrates 80 Years

Shawnee Celebrates 80 years

September 6, 2019 marked the 80th Anniversary of the Shawnee National Forest. Celebration of the only national forest in Illinois continues with special programs at SIU Museum.