SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) – Campsite reservations are now open for those hoping to camp out and watch the solar eclipse in southern Illinois next summer.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources spokesman Tim Schweizer says you should probably reserve your spot now.

“Anyone interested in camping at a site in southern Illinois in the zone of the eclipse, can make advance reservations now,” Schweizer says. “It’s probably a good idea, because it’s expected that hotels will fill up. Camp sites certainly will be full by the time the eclipse occurs.”

The solar eclipse happens on August 21, 2017.

Reservations are now open at Horseshoe Lake State Fish and Wildlife area, Cave in Rock State Park and more.

For more details or to make a reservation, visit reserveamerica.com.

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