WELCOME to the Shawnee National Forest


green trees reflected in a stream of water
Forest floor near Ox-lot Cave along Rim Rock Lower Trail


Plan Your Next Visit

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Draft Recreation Facility Strategy

Lake Glendale Beach house

Review and provide feedback on the draft Recreation Facility Strategy.  Deadline for comments is March 31, 2020.

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.


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.