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“Old fort on the river”

Fort Massac State Park
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

This is an old fort right on the river. It had a chain link fence built around it, so you could not look inside. Would be nice if they would offer tours with a guide, so you could get a close up look. The visitor center was closed, with a sign on the door, short staff. Bummer...Saying this, I still think it is worth a short stop to see it and the river.

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Reviewed June 11, 2013

The replica fort of Fort Massac is now closed off behind a chain-link fence, and cannot be seen. The wooden walls around the fort had started to decay, and then the flood of 2011 made all the structures within unsound. This was...and can be again....a great park to visit. Illinois state park notes say that they are searching for money to repair the fort. That was an estimated $500,000 before the flooding. They could at least mow inside the fence. Sad to see this fort in its current condition.

Otherwise, the park offers great views of the Ohio River, and the museum is tells the story of this fort well, in both displays, and a 10-minute film. Stop by if in town to see the nearby Superman statue and museum, but I wouldn't get off the Interstate just for this stop...not in its current condition. Hopefully this will change soon. Looking forward to going back after it does.

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Reviewed May 2, 2013

The campground was in a nice setting with shade and well-manicured lawns. There wasn't much of a natural feel to it, however; the sites were small, close together, and had no screening to offer privacy; it felt more like a commercial RV "park" than a state park.

The reason I gave the campground a "poor" rating was because the facilities were terrible! There was only one shower house for all the sites, which includes quite a few tent sites where everybody would need to use the shower house. The showerhouse was run-down and totally inadequate. There was only one toilet stall in the men's side, and it didn't even have a working lock! There were two showers, but like the sinks, they had a push-on faucet that gave a predetermined amount of time, and no hot-cold adjustment - you had to take the time and temperature that was pre-set for you. The camp sites didn't each have water hook-ups, although there were taps throughout the campground - very inconvenient. The fire grills were old and rusting out, the one at our site was not usable, and there was no provision for a ground fire. The sanitary dump station was disgusting! There was thick, stinking mud all around it that you had to walk through to reach the clean-out hose. I guess I'm spoiled by the beautiful Southern parks in Florida, Alabama, and even Mississippi (the poorest state in the union) - come on Illinois, put a little pride in your parks!

1  Thank Pensacola_FLYar
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

My wife and I made a short visit to the park. It looks very nice, on the edge of town and right on the Ohio River. When we visited, some of the park was flooded and so unusable. The reconstructed fort has also been closed for a couple of years due to previous flood damage. The park ranger said that they are trying to make an evaluation as to what is needed ($) to repair damage (including structural damage) to the fort and hoped to have it reopened later in 2013 but he didn't sound positive that that would be achieved.

The museum is still open. It is not large but is well done at telling the history of the fort and of southern Illinois. There is a short 10 minute movie that is also helpful.

1  Thank RMH_9
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

Ft. Massac State Park is a historically significant location on the Ohio River once visited by Lewis and Clark. There are several areas to be explored here including a new bicycle path converted from an abandoned rail bed. There are several popular picnic areas, some along the river, and a reasonably priced camping area with large, tree-shaded spaces most with electric hookups. The visitors center has an interesting interpretative display and clean and well-maintained restrooms. The main park road loops down along the Ohio River and this makes a pleasant place to walk and watch the river traffic. The fort itself is currently fenced off and inaccessible due to structural issues, but since the park has many other features this shouldn't discourage you from visiting this relaxing and scenic place.

http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/r5/frmindex.htm

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