SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced the launch of a new user-friendly licensing, registration and reservation platform for outdoor enthusiasts interested in hunting, fishing, boating, snowmobiling and camping. Visitors to https://ExploreMoreIL.com and
HARRISBURG, IL. April 23, 2020 –, In an effort to provide mission critical and essential services despite the historic pandemic, USDA Forest Service staff are continuing to work on projects protecting forest health and improving recreation sites. Despite the virtual workforce, significant work is being done on... Read More.
Harrisburg, IL. March 24, 2020 – All developed campgrounds and restrooms managed by the Shawnee National Forest have been closed indefinitely for the health and safety of visitors and staff. This includes: Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District – Johnson Creek Campground, Jackson County – Pine Hills Campground, Union County Hidden Springs Ranger... Read More.
Shawnee National Forest and the Friends of the Shawnee will be hosting two upcoming open house meetings to discuss the recently released forest recreation fee proposal. The first open house will take place at the Carbondale Civic Center, Room 116, at 200 S Illinois... Read More.
Shawnee National Forest and the Friends of the Shawnee will be hosting an open house to discuss the recently released forest recreation fee proposal. The open house will take place at the Forest Service-Shawnee National Forest office located at 50 Highway 145 South, Harrisburg,... Read More.
The U.S. Forest Service is seeking volunteer committee members to advise the agency on recreation fee changes at national forest sites throughout the northeastern United States. Vacancies exist for four current positions and four “back-up” replacement positions on the Eastern Region Recreation Resource Advisory... Read More.
Southern Illinois currently is responding to flooding. As rain continues to fall, many of our streams and rivers have yet to crest, or reach their highest level. While Shawnee National Forest works to assess the impacts of flooding, it’s important people remain safe... Read More.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today that it will waive day use fees for veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families at the more than 2,800 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide on Veterans Day, November 11. The waiver covers fees... Read More.