Reservations open for southern Illinois campsites in 2017 solar eclipse area

You can now start making campsite reservations at state parks in southern Illinois for the total solar eclipse happening in August of next year, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced Monday. 

The IDNR says campsite reservations are now available at state parks and the World Shooting and Recreational Complex for dates within the window of Aug. 14 to 27, 2017. The eclipse will happen on Aug. 21.

As of Sept. 26, 2016, the department says more than 1,600 campsites are available for advanced reservation. The department included the following list of IDNR campsites in the area where the total solar eclipse will be highly visible. 

Cave-in-Rock State Park
Randolph County State Recreation Area (51 with electric hookups)
Saline County State Fish and Wildlife Area
Dixon Springs State Park (12 with electric, two cabins, eight tent campsites)
Ferne Clyffe State Park (34 with electric hookup)
Giant City State Park (105 with electric hookup, 28 without electric)
Fort Massac State Park (45 with electric hookup)
Horseshoe Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
Lake Murphysboro State Park: (53 with electric hookup, 20 without electric)
Pyramid State Recreation Area
Trail of Tears State Forest (14 without electric)
World Shooting and Recreational Complex (1,001 with electric hookups)
Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area (247 with electric hookups)

For more information from the IDNR, click here

For information on activities the city of Carbondale is organizing for the eclipse, click here. 

For Southern Illinois University’s eclipse website, click here

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