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Established Camping

Forrest W. Bo Wood

About

US Army Corps of Engineers

Lake Shelbyville

Overview

Forrest W. ''Bo'' Wood Recreation Area has a large campground on the northern shore of Lake Shelbyville in the heart of central Illinois. The lake and surrounding land offer outdoor activities for people of all ages, including fishing, swimming, picnicking and simply relaxing. Click here for a virtual tour of the Lake Shelbyville area.

Recreation

Lake Shelbyville offers a multitude of fishing opportunities for catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, muskie, walleye, white bass and bluegill. The campground has a boat ramp for easy access to the water, and for those without a boat, several ponds with farmed fish are available around the lake. Hunting areas located within a short drive offer numerous game species, including quail, rabbit, pheasant, deer, dove, turkey, waterfowl and woodcock.

Facilities

Lake Shelbyville offers a multitude of fishing opportunities for catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, muskie, walleye, white bass and bluegill. The campground has a boat ramp for easy access to the water, and for those without a boat, several ponds with farmed fish are available around the lake. Hunting areas located within a short drive offer numerous game species, including quail, rabbit, pheasant, deer, dove, turkey, waterfowl and woodcock.

Natural Features

This facility lies on the shoreline with a steep descent down to the water. Oak and hickory forests offer plenty of shade. Foliage turns a variety of red, orange, purple and yellow each fall, while prairie flowers dot the landscape in spring and summer. Numerous species of songbirds, shorebirds, waterfowl and raptors inhabit the lake area, as do mammals such as cottontail rabbit, white-tail deer, gray and fox squirrel, muskrat and mink.

Nearby Attractions

Wolf Creek State Park, Woods Lake Waterfowl Refuge and Okaw Bluff Wetlands Complex are popular locations for wildlife watching, birding and hunting near Lake Shelbyville.

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Location

Forrest W. Bo Wood is located in Illinois

Detail location of campground

Directions

From Sullivan, Illinois, take State Route 32 south for two miles to the Forrest W. ''Bo'' Wood sign, then turn right and drive a half-mile to the campground.

Address

1989 St. Highway 16
Shelbyville, IL 62565

Coordinates

39.5513889 N
88.6222222 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Unknown
  • Verizon
    Fair
  • AT&T
    Good
  • T-Mobile
    Available

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group
  • Tent Cabin

Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Phone Service
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Sewer Hookups
  • Water Hookups
  • Pull-Through Sites
  • Big Rig Friendly

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8 Reviews

Katherine T.
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2023

Not a lot of privacy for tent camping

This was a quick overnight in a tent on a road trip for me. Site 75 was what was available when I booked last minute. It's level with grass to pitch a tent but definitely in a loop of the park better suited to travel trailers/RVs etc. Not much privacy between sites but backs up to woods. The bathrooms were clean with good hot showers. Would return again if I could snag a tent loop site.

Site75
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Forrest W. Bo Wood by Katherine T., July 31, 2023
jThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2023

Quiet, clean dites

It’s crowded near the road but spreads out well at the back of the site. Lots of people here today

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Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Forrest W. Bo Wood by juliana , June 26, 2023
  • Review photo of Forrest W. Bo Wood by juliana , June 26, 2023
  • Review photo of Forrest W. Bo Wood by juliana , June 26, 2023
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Austin-Tarra G.
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2021

Good Spot Except for the Large Amount of Sewer Flies

We stayed at Boo Wood Campground for about five days and enjoyed much of their amenities.

The campground featured a dog park which provided room for our dogs to run around. There was also multiple playgrounds and even a small amphitheater. There was a large boat ramp with ample parking. We put in our kayaks on the boat ramp and enjoyed a nice paddle on a portion of the Shelbyville Lake.

We paid less than$25 a night for full hooks up and we had an almost lake view.

Our biggest issue with this campsite was the extensive bugs, once the sun goes down the bugs get horribly bad. We let our dogs out past 8 p.m. and our camper was covered with swarms of psychodidae(sewer) flies. Once we quickly got in our camper, we spent the next hour killing the swarms of sewer flies that entered our camper. We learned our lesson and once the sun went down, we did not leave our camper.

Site124
Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Forrest W. Bo Wood by Austin-Tarra G., October 11, 2021
  • Review photo of Forrest W. Bo Wood by Austin-Tarra G., October 11, 2021
Monica R.
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2021

Bo Wood is a hidden treasure

Located on Lake Shelbyville, Bo Wood is an Army Co of Engineers park. Plenty of full hook ups and tent camping spots. Most by the lake. Well kept with bathroom and shower facilities, a playground and laundry.

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Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Forrest W. Bo Wood by Monica R., August 27, 2021
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Reviewed Jul. 17, 2021

Forrest Bo Woods, Corp of Engineer campground

One of the nicest on the lake. Clean, well maintained, nice spacious spots, boat ramp and parking, dog run, playground. Reservation made on Recreation.gov. Sometimes available spots for one night. Can stay for two weeks in thirty day period.

Site117
Month of VisitAugust
Tim F.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2021

Nice place to camp need to get back

Nice place for a weekend visit or a week of fun on Lake Shelbyville. Sites are spread out fairly well and there’s plenty of shade from the summer sun. Wish it were closer to home. A bit far for a short weekend away but always worth the time.

Month of VisitJune
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Reviewed Aug. 21, 2020

Very nice!

Nice big spacious sites! Reserve early to get full hookup! Right on lake Shelbyville.

  • Review photo of Forrest W. Bo Wood by Sonya A., August 21, 2020
  • Review photo of Forrest W. Bo Wood by Sonya A., August 21, 2020
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Reviewed Aug. 29, 2019

Another adventure

I thought the campsites were crammed together.  The primitive looked nicer but we were in our camper and wanted electric.  It’s a nice place but I like a little more space.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Forrest W. Bo Wood have RV hookups?

According to TheDyrt.com, Forrest W. Bo Wood has water hookups and sewer hookups.

What is the max vehicle length at Forrest W. Bo Wood?

Forrest W. Bo Wood allows vehicles up to 150 feet.

Are fires allowed at Forrest W. Bo Wood?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Forrest W. Bo Wood, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Forrest W. Bo Wood have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Forrest W. Bo Wood does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Forrest W. Bo Wood?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is fair, AT&T is good, and T-Mobile is available.

How hard is it to get a campsite at Forrest W. Bo Wood?

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