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Confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers - Observation Deck

Fort Defiance Park, Cairo IL 62914 |
Southernmost Illinois

Fort Defiance, known as Camp Defiance during the American Civil War, was a former military fortification located at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Although the fort is no longer there, it's a great place to fish and view the confluence from atop the Boatman’s Memorial. It’s also located at the southernmost point in the state and the lowest point in elevation in the state.


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