Starting October 8, vehicle access to Fort Zumwalt Park will no longer be allowed as installation of the City’s Celebration of Lights display begins. "The Fort" Disc Golf Course will also be closed at this time. Foot traffic in the park must stay on the asphalt roadway. The Park will re-open to all types of traffic in late January 2019.
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 fishing, 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.
Today, Lake Whetsel is stocked with bass, bluegill, catfish and crappie. Missouri Department of Conservation fishing guidelines are followed, whereas ages 16–65 must hold a valid Missouri fishing permit, and posted possession and length limits are to be obeyed.
Points of Interest and Events
- Celebration of Lights
- Founders' Day & Garden Expo
- Heald Home
- Operating Model Railroad Display
- Zumwalt's Fort
- Trails and Walking Paths
Get Directions to Fort Zumwalt Park
1000 Jessup Lane, O'Fallon, 63366