Our City’s most scenic park is also our most historic, with a rebuilt War of 1812 fort site, Zumwalt's Fort, and the restored Heald Home (circa 1884), all overlooking beautiful Lake Whetsel. Enjoy picnicking, playing on the playground, teeing off on "The Fort" disc golf course, and walking through this shady, 48-acre park.
In the 1970s, a spring on the property was dammed to create Lake Whetsel. The 3.5-acre lake was named for Parks Board member and early champion of the lake, Ed Whetsel. In 2019, the lake was emptied, dredged and restocked; a new walking path around the lake was added, as well.
At present, no fishing is permitted at Lake Whetsel in Fort Zumwalt Park. Fish added during the restocking in late 2019 will need a few years to grow to a healthy size. Thank you for understanding!
Do not feed the waterfowl! Regular feeding causes poor nutrition, pollution, spread of disease, unnatural behavior, overcrowding and delayed migration. Thank you for your cooperation!
Points of Interest and Events
- Celebration of Lights
- The Fort Disc Golf Course
- Founders' Day
- Heald Home
- Lake Whetsel
- Operating Model Railroad Display
- Zumwalt's Fort
- Trails and walking paths
Plan a route to Fort Zumwalt Park
1000 Jessup Lane, O'Fallon, 63366