Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park

Johnson's Shut-ins State Park PictureRecently, I published the article Taum Sauk Mountain – Everything You Need To Know. In it, I talked about Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park and how great this state park is. Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park is located very close to Taum Sauk Mountain, so if you can take a day or even a weekend to visit both Taum Sauk Mountain and Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park, then I highly recommend it.

You have most likely already have come out this far, so why not visit two great places at once? Here is everything you need to know about Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park:

What is there to do at Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park?

There are many things to do at Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park. You can hike, go for a walk, go for a fun swim, camp, and more. There are some very beautiful places at Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park, and the picture above is a picture I took there earlier this year.

When is Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park open? 

Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park is open March 1 through the Wednesday before Memorial Day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on a daily basis. From the Thursday before Memorial Day all the way through the summer until Labor Day, the state park is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. After Labor Day through October 31st, the state park is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. From November to February, the state park is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The store and visitor center have varying hours, so it is always wise to check if you plan on using those facilities.

What should I know about camping at Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park?

The camping at Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park offers 5 areas for you to camp in. Camping fees do range from around $12 to $28 depending on what camping loop you decide to stay in, and whether you are staying in the off season or the on season.

You can camp at this state park any time of the year – doesn’t matter if it’s June or if it’s December. Keep in mind that during the on season, you can make reservations. If you are staying on the weekend, you do have to stay on BOTH Friday and Saturday as it is required.

There is a campground gate at this state park, so that means that you need to arrive before 10 p.m. in order to get there on time in order to camp. You most likely want to get there earlier than that though so that you are not setting up your area in the dark, and possibly being extremely loud and clumsy.

Have you ever visited Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park?


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