Standard (tent/RV)
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Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Shabbona Lake State Park
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State
Access
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
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Features
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ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
Water Hookups
No WiFi
Location
Shabbona Lake State Park is located in Illinois
Latitude
41.761 N
Longitude
-88.87 W
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14 Reviews of Shabbona Lake State Park
Nicely kept State Park.

This state park is on a terrific fishing lake. It has first come camping as well as reserved spaces. Some reserved spots have a nice lake overlook. The loops have pit toilets that are clean, as well as a shower house with flush toilets centrally located. The hosts do a nice job of keeping things tidy and organized. The spaces are roomy and a mix of open grass as well as more private wooded spaces. At least half of the spaces will accommodate large RVs. All of the spaces will work for tents. There is only electric at the premium sites, but the dump station has two spaces and the lines move right along. There is a place to take on water as you enter the campground. The lake has a restaurant and bait shop and boat rentals. The fishing can be fantastic.

Small camp ground next to state park.

It’s close to a small town if you forget little things. Due to it being close to some big towns it can fill up.

seinic overlooking lake

Has rustic tent sites along with camper sites with water and electric. Privies can get ripe in summertime but depending on your site you could walk to laundry shower building. Camp store has everything you forgot to bring along with boat canoe and pontoon rentals bait and tackle

Good and bad

There are some good sites, and others not so good. Early Reservations needed. This is a nice state park, mostly for fishing, We spent 5 nights here last Memorial Day weekend, and were lucky to get a spot, even if it wasn’t one of the good ones. Showers and bathroom were clean. The sites were large and well spaced. Would go back

Beautiful lake, loud area

I was so excited to camp at this park unfortunately for the most part, I was let down. I wish the website would of included more photos of the sites. I picked a spot near the water and it turned out to be completely open to about 3 other campsites. I prefer camping in a more secluded area. The worst part in my opinion, were the freight trains at night. I heard at least 5 trains & they were all blowing their horns. Maybe it would be better in you were in a camper but it’s definitely not a good spot of tent camping.

I will say however, that I appreciated the fact that you could rent boats, canoes, and paddle boards on the beautiful lake.

Beautiful lake

If you like fishing this is where you should camp. the lake is huge and beautiful, some of the best fishing in the area. They have boats to rent and a bait shop for everything you will need.

Great Spot!

Took our camper for a long weekend and loved it! nice private site, not too far from the lake. Rented a pontoon boat and went fishing! We really enjoyed it there! Only minor setback was no water hookup at the site. There is a fill station at the entrance and water spigots at the bathrooms, so it wasn’t terrible, especially if you’re only there for one night. Beautiful campground overall!

The forest among the corn fields

Great campground with tent, rv, and cabin spots available. All within easy walking distance to the lake. Camp store and two boat rental spots allow for flexiblity on busier weekends. Numerous walking paths around the lake or smaller loops for those who prefer the land over the water. Can get very busy on holiday weekends during the summer.

Great for Camping & Fishing

We have camped at Shabbona State Park times. It's a nice campground that is popular with campers from Chicago.

There are 150 electric sites located in 3 loops. Canvasback Cove and Meganser Circle are reservable. Teal Bay is first come first serve.

Each site has a gravel driveway, electricity, a large fire ring, and a picnic table. Most have a non-gravel area that is suitable for tents. Many sites are wooded.

There is a large man-made lake with is popular with area fisherman. 

There is a camp store with boat rentals. Fishing poles can be checked out for kids to fish at the Kid's Fishing Hole.

Pit toilet are located throughout the park. There is a large bathhouse with 3 toilets and 5 shower stalls on each site.

Great fishing lake

The lake has produced a lot of trophy fish, if that’s your thing. Otherwise it’s quiet and peaceful. We like to go just to chill and read out out in the woods.