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Fort Massac State Park

Metropolis, Illinois


1308 E 5th St
Metropolis, Illinois 62960
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 50
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 37.14677
Longitude: -88.71027

Elevation: 343' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino yes
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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32 Reviews

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Review Count: 173
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 33

Date of Stay: September, 2019 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Labor day holiday fee was $30 plus $5 reservation fee. Usual fee $20. The campground is two loops with back in packed small gravel level sites with generous well grassed spacing and scattered trees. No water at sites, but several faucets by the loop's road. Well designed dump by cg entrance. The park is about 5 miles east of I 24, on the edge of Metropolis, and right by and on high bluffs of the wide Ohio river. The park is large with excellent paved roads, extensive lush grass and many trees, with disc golf baskets, terrain both level and with ravines. There is a nice small well done history/office, a multi buildings replica of one of the early forts, and the outline ditching of an even earlier fort, and a large boat put in at the base of the bluffs. Lots of roads for biking. A really nice park, one of my all time favorites. We camped at Fort Massac State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2019 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Quiet, spacious and shady. Good antenna TV and no internet. My only complaint is the shower or should I say faucet. The shower was a push button faucet that would go off like you see in rest area sinks and was difficult to turn to hot water. The entire bathroom floor was wet due to bad drainage. We camped at Fort Massac State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Go in second entrance across from Sonic. Go slow because signage is hard to see. Turn before campground sign to enter camping side.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2019 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

We really enjoyed all that the area has to offer and Fort Massac Campground was the perfect spot to base out of. The surrounding area was very flooded by the Ohio River, so the trails within the park were impassable, but the campground itself was in good shape. Nice trees, but no problem getting our 5th wheel in. There is no water or sewer on sites. The fort displays in the visitor center are really interesting, and while you can’t visit inside the buildings, you can walk around the grounds. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Fort Massac State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Don’t miss Superman Square and the Superman Museum! Just a short drive to Paducah, the National Quilt Museum is wonderful.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2019 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This park is about 5 minutes away from the highway in the town of Metropolis. Campsites were spacious, level, packed dirt and gravel, and just big enough to pull both my 30' trailer and pickup into the spot. There were just enough trees to add partial shade without hitting the RV, and all had a fire pit and a weather-worn picnic table. There is no sewer or water at the sites, but I stayed at Loop 1, Site 13 which was within 60 feet of a water spigot so it was easy for me to hook up my hose and get water when needed (I could not keep my water hose hooked up though.) Some areas around the park were flooded from the recent rains, and I was told it floods pretty regularly in the winter. Most of the camping spots were pretty dry though. The trails in the park were unpassable when we were there, but we could still visit the fort and its small museum on site which was well maintained. We used this as a base camp to explore Metropolis, Paducah, and the Shawnee Forest. We camped at Fort Massac State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
Loop 1 Site 13
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Really enjoyed the Garden of the Gods, Kincaid Mounds, the wineries and breweries in the area, and of course, the Superman statue and museum in Metropolis.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Campsites were all level with easy access roads from the highway. There were just enough trees to add shade without hitting the RV. Water spigot are placed around the campground for everyone's use. No sewer or water on the sites. A long trail travels through the park. Some sections appeared overgrown while some sections were cleared and some even paved. Many locals seemed to use the park for exercise. The disc golf course looked nice. Metropolis has grocery, gas, and some restaurants. Paducah has most any other store you might need. The only problem we experienced was with the bathhouse. The men's side seemed to back up as men waited for the one flushing toilet with a door. We tried two other restrooms and those too lacked doors. There was a chemical toilet located in the campground but I never saw anyone going in or out. Check in with campground host or go to site and host will check with you. Exit interstate and drive toward Metropolis. Do not follow a GPS that takes you on the other side. There is not a road on that side that is suitable for RVs. We camped at Fort Massac State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
38
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

We really loved this state park. We were concerned about fitting our 5th wheel (41 ft) into the sites, but had zero issues. The park is super clean and right on the Ohio River. There is a lot of shade. Each site has a fire pit and a picnic table. We were in site 16 (50AMP). There are some low branches, but nothing that impeded us. We camped at Fort Massac State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
16
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The superman statue in town is fun to see. There is a museum and some photo ops.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

I wish that I had more time to stay at this park. They have a small onsite museum here and the original 1700's fort has been rebuilt. Lots of history to explore. The park is drop dead gorgeous. We camped at Fort Massac State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
20
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Old fort and small museum to explore. Town is close for shopping and only a few miles back across the river to Paducah, Kentucky. Lots to see and do there. But you might not want to leave the park it is so nice.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This is another beautiful Illinois state park. We got in past dark and had to leave early the next day so didn't get to explore but wouldn't hesitate to stop there again. No water or sewer at sites so we used the bath house. The water in the ladies' side never got past lukewarm, and you had to keep hitting the water button to keep it running. If you're used to taking a Navy shower, that's ok, I guess. But that's my only complaint. We would like to visit again when we have more time. We camped at Fort Massac State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
17
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Just outside the park, within walking distance, there is a Sonic, if you're craving fast food.

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Review Count: 45
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed at Fort Massac SP on our way to Nashville from St. Louis. We arrived well after dark around 11PM on a Friday. Missed the turn into the campground because the sign was far off to the left outside of your headlight view in the dark. The site #'s themselves are also very hard to see, and also because the reservation card put up by the host completely covers the # on the post! My co-pilot had to get out with a flashlight and direct me to the site. Once there, it was plenty nice. Level site, clean, quiet. The next morning the host checked in on us to make sure we were who we said we are, and he was very helpful with info about coming back the following Monday for the eclipse. We bugged out early on Sat so never got to explore the park at all, but it seems really neat and we hope to go back soon and experience it all. We camped at Fort Massac State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Going into town to see the Superman statue is mandatory.

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Review Count: 50
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Have been coming here for over 20 years and it is a nice park but if the state would spend some money to put in a new bathroom or at least update the one that has not changed for all the years we have been coming here it would get a higher rating. At least this time the lock on the men's restroom was fixed. We camped at Fort Massac State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 110
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 35

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Fort Massac was Illinois' first state park (1908). Located on the Ohio River, less than a mile from downtown Metropolis, it's a lovely setting of mature trees and rolling grass. The campground has two loops for RVs and a dedicated tent camping area. RV sites are very spacious, with level gravel pads and shade throughout. The fort and visitor center is a short walk from the campground. We didn't see a check-in station but our site was already marked with our reservation card, and a campground host is on the property. We used Fort Massac as an overnight stop to tour Paducah, and had a lovely afternoon walking around the park and nearby Metropolis. We'll mark this campground as a favorite! We camped at Fort Massac State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Loop 2 Site 29
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 54
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

I stayed here for three nights. It is a handy campground off the Ohio River in Metropolis, Illinois. They only have 50 and 30 amp electrical service. Water is obtained at several water faucets sprinkled in the campground. The sites are large and each has a table and fire ring. There's a playground for kids. No campsite sewers but they do have a dump station. We camped at Fort Massac State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
22
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Super Museum, Superman statue and Noel Neill statue.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Very enjoyable stay. Came for the Superman Celebration in Metropolis. Be aware that if you have a 50 amp unit, you need to request a 50 amp site. There were 2-30 amp sites that had been tampered with. Don't screw it up for someone else. Can create an electrical hazard. Campground host is very nice. Water not available at sites. Fill up before parking your rig, unless you have a long hose. Restrooms/showers have been updated in the last few years. Sites are fairly level. We'll definitely return when in the area. We camped at Fort Massac State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Site number 18
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Big John grocery within 1 mile; Superman Celebration (mid June); Superman museum and statue; casino; Fort Massac in park. Paducah, KY is about 7 miles South.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Only stayed here one night en route. It was very spacious. Saw a lot of deer. Camp host was friendly. It was a pretty park. Would stay here again. We camped at Fort Massac State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
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Review Count: 203
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 55

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Regular rate is $20/nite, holidays are $30/nite for 50 amp electric only at the site. If you make a reservation through the website for a holiday, they will require a 3 night stay but you can just drive in and have a shorter stay. It was not full for the July 4th weekend. The campground is basically 2 large grassy, paved, loops with plenty of space between each site. The sites are large and gravel. There are lots of big well-trimmed trees so your line of sight extends throughout the campground. It was beautiful and quiet here. Bathrooms were cleaned daily, but in need of an upgrade. Camp hosts were helpful and pleasant. There was substantial flooding in the park from the Ohio River, but it did not affect the campground or the roadways in/out. The Fort is closed due to the 2011 flooding issue. We loved it here. We camped at Fort Massac State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
Tips for other Campers:

Drive into Metropolis and see the huge Superman statute (free) and visit the Superman museum ($5). The full service Big John's grocery store next to the park had everything we needed to restock.

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