In the southern tip of Illinois lies the rolling Shawnee Hills where 289,000 acres await you to relax, unwind and explore the Shawnee National Forest. Here you will find vast forests, wetlands and rugged bluffs home to a variety of plants and animals. The natural beauty of the area is ideal for all types of outdoor recreation.

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
LaRue-Pine Hills-Otter Pond Research Natural Area    Pine Hills Road Damage (Forest Road # 236): Due to a washout a portion of Pine Hills Road is closed and gated until road repairs are made. From north the road is open up to Godwin Trailhead; from the south, Pine Hills Road is open as far as Upper McGee Hill where there's a parking area to turn around. 
Visitors can still access Pine Hills Campground on the south end.
Lake of Egypt    Lake Egypt Boat Launch – Washed Out – Please do not use boat launch until repairs have been made.
Little Grand Canyon Trail    Little Grand Canyon Trail – Upper Trail open only; Lower trail has flooding, therefore hiking entire 3 mile loop trail is impossible.
Millstone Bluff Archaeological Area    Millstone Bluff Trail – Trail is open, however there is a tree down across the upper boardwalk portion of the trail.
Oakwood Bottoms    Turkey Bayou and Big Muddy Boat Launch – Closed
Pounds Hollow Recreation Area    Lake Access is now Open.
Tower Rock Campground    Tower Rock Boat Launch on the Ohio River – Expect River levels to fluctuate. Boat launch may be inaccessible due to rising water or debris left after waters recedes.!ut/p/z0/04_Sj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfIjo8ziDfxNDDwNwxydLA1cjbyDTX0CjQwgQL8g21ERAKRrDQw!/?position=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&pname=Shawnee%20National%20Forest-%20Recreation&navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&ss=110908&pnavid=null&navid=110000000000000&ttype=recmain&cid=FSE_003741