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Fort Massac State Park

Update: May 1st, the following areas of the park are OPEN:

  • Flush toilets and handwashing facilities are open at the outdoor entrance to the visitor's center, near the picnic areas north of the office and campgrounds.
  • Boat ramps are open to boaters and fishermen; limit of two people per boat regardless of relationship of the people in the boat.
  • Bank fishing is permitted.
  • Mushroom hunting is permitted from sun-up to sundown.
  • Hiking and biking trails are open.
  • Picnic areas are available; picnic with your immediate household.


The following areas of the park are CLOSED:

  • Park office is closed to the public, but office personnel are available to answer informational phone calls.
  • All campgrounds closed to camping but are open for walking or biking.
  • Playgrounds, shelters and historic fort are closed.

Experience the scenic splendor of southern Illinois, with plenty of outdoor fun and events tied to the region's rich history, at Fort Massac State Park. Overlooking the mighty Ohio River from the southern tip of Illinois, this majestic location has been preserved and maintained since 1908, when it became Illinois'​ first state park.
Today, Fort Massac is a captivating reminder of days gone by, a fascinating excursion through the entire course of American history, and the perfect place to relax in soothing natural surroundings.
The nearly 1,500-acre park is perfect for picnics, camping, hiking, fishing, boating, and seasonal hunting programs.  The park also has an 18-hole disc golf course.


Fort Massac State Park is also home to special events that bring to life Colonial and early American history, including the popular Fort Massac Encampment festival each October, and fascinating interpretive programs year round at the park and the Fort Massac Visitor Center​.
(Note:  The replica 1802 fort at Fort Massac State Park remains closed pending structural rehabilitation.)​​​


Park Information:

Southern Illinois

1308 E. 5th Street
Metropolis IL 62960




N: 37.144
W: -88.712

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