Fort Massac

Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis, Illinois is the site of the Historic Fort Massac. Fort Massac was originally built by the French in 1757 but eventually came into United States’ possession during the Revolutionary War. Lewis and Clark passed through the fort during their expedition and recruited 2 fort volunteers to continue on the journey with them.

Fort Massac was designated as a state park in 1908 with 1500-acres of surrounding land, where a replica of the 1802 fort stands today. Located along the Ohio River, Fort Massac State Park is the perfect place for hiking to enjoy surrounding nature, playing an exciting game of disc golf, fishing, or using the boat doc to take your boat out for a ride down the river.

Several live history reenactments are held at the state park each year, including a two-day reenactment of late-1700s Illinois life held in October of each year, featuring period-style food from 20+ vendors, military units, merchants, mock battles, and a variety of children’s activities. Visitors of the state park have the option to truly immerse themselves in the history of Fort Massac by staying at the on-site campground or nearby RV park.

(Note: The replica 1802 fort at Fort Massac State Park remains closed pending structural rehabilitation).

Contact Information

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Reservations and Information:
(618) 524-4712

1308 East 5th Street, Metropolis, Illinois 62960, United States

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Other Information

  • Hours Open

    Mon-Sun 8:00am to 10:00pm
  • Seasons Open

  • Prices and Fees

    Free entrance to park, campsites start at $20/night