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Shabbona Lake State Park

Shabbona Lake State Park

Just off of route U.S. 30 is Shabbona Lake State Park, a 1,550 acre park with a 318.8-acre man-made lake for fishing and small boating. There are several day use areas with pavilions, water faucets, grills, and pit toilets near the hiking trails and the lake. The boat ramp is located near the campground store. If you do not have a boat, there are fishing boats and pontoon boats available for rental at the Shabbona's Lakeside Bait, Tacke & Boat Rental. Pokanoka's Cafe is located in the same concession building as the fishing supply and boat rental store.

Restaurant and boat rental at Shabbona Lake SP

Concessions at Shabonna Lake SP

Shabbona Lake SP wildlife

Water wildlife at Shabonna Lake


Great oak tree on trail at Shabbona Lake State Park

The eight plus miles of hiking and cross-country skiing trails meander through the wooded areas of the park. A trail brochure may be available at the office where you check-in for camping.


This campground offers Class A Premium campsites: 90 sites available for advanced reservation and 60 sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. All sites have electricity, picnic tables, fire rings, and vehicle access. A sanitary dump station is located near the entrance to the park and the camp registration office. This office has been closed for the past couple years with registration now handled by the camp hosts whose sites are just as you enter the campground area. There are several pit toilets, water faucets, and trash receptacles situated throughout the park. One shower building with flush toilets serves the campground.

Shabbona Lake SP campsiteThe campsite area is somewhat hilly so that some sites slope upwards or downwards away from the road. Many of the sites are situated in more wooded settings. Check the image for the site you choose before reserving the site. The sites closest to the lake and near the camp store are along a tight curve in the road and may be difficult to back your trailer or RV into the space. Sites 68 through 70 occupy a low point in the park, are sloped, and may be muddy during rain storms. The campsites along the road between the shower building and the camp store are tucked into fairly heavily wooded areas.


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