One of our City’s most scenic parks 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.

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!

The historic Heald Home was restored in the early 2000s; the home is open for guided tours during warmer months
Heald Home, circa 1886
A daughter and father greet an animal at the Founders' Day petting zoo
The reconstructed Zumwalt's Fort is open for tours during warmer months
The 18-hole disc golf course is a popular attraction of Fort Zumwalt Park
Fort Zumwalt Park's playground is surrounded by mature shade trees
Fort Zumwalt Park shines during our annual Celebration of Lights festival
Picturesque Lake Whetsel is visible from nearly every corner of Fort Zumwalt Park


Points of Interest and Events


Plan a route to Fort Zumwalt Park

1000 Jessup Lane, O'Fallon, 63366


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