Southern Illinois is in the path of the first total eclipse of the sun to be viewed from the United States since the 1970s!  On August 21, 2017 parts of southern Illinois will experience the total eclipse and interest in this rare event is already growing.
Twelve Illinois State Parks and the World Shooting and Recreational Complex (WSRC) near Sparta lie within the portion of the state where the eclipse will be total (meaning the moon will temporarily pass directly in front of the sun). More than 1,600 campsites are available, including 1,000 at the WSRC. 
Below you will see the Path Map showing the travel path of the eclipse.  Click the Path Map below  to  read about the sites with a view of the eclipse.  It may seem early, but camp sites will be reserved  quickly because people love  this celestial wonder.   Notice the  crowds in a South Asian village (India) during the March 2016 eclipse (picture to your right)..  You can reserve your site at  "Reserve America
IDNR will be announcing additional activities and opportunities to enjoy the eclipse and our sites in southern Illinois. Check back for more information. Both Southern Illinois University and the City of Carbondale also have websites with more information.
The City of Carbondale is organizing activities around the eclipse

Eclipse 2017

Carbondale Eclipse

Eclipse SIU Eclipse 2017