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SPRINGFIELD, IL (KTVI) – On August 21, 2017, there will be a total solar eclipse over the United States, the first since 1979. One of the best places to view the eclipse will be right here in St. Louis and the surrounding region in both Missouri and Illinois.  In fact, the path of totality stretches from St. Joseph, MO to Carbondale, IL.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has already opened up campsite reservations at southern Illinois State Parks and the World Shooting and Recreational Complex for visitors making plans to view the total solar eclipse. Reservations can be made for dates within the window of Aug. 14 – 27, 2017.

IDNR sites normally can be reserved no more than six months in advance. To reserve a campsite, visit

More than 1,600 campsites are available to be reserved in advance at:

  • Cave-in-Rock State Park
  • Randolph County State Recreation Area
  • Saline County State Fish and Wildlife Area
  • Dixon Springs State Park
  • Ferne Clyffe State Park (34 with electric hookup)
  • Giant City State Park
  • Fort Massac State Park
  • Horseshoe Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
  • Lake Murphysboro State Park
  • Pyramid State Recreation Area
  • Trail of Tears State Forest
  • World Shooting and Recreational Complex
  • Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area

For more information, visit

The City of Carbondale is organizing activities around the eclipse. Visit:

Southern Illinois University also has an eclipse Website: