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Just over eight miles of scenic hiking and cross-country skiing trails weave through the wooded areas of the park.

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Enjoy the view from the water in one of our rental kayaks. Single person kayaks are available to rent.

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Shabbona Lake State Park Campground is a semi-wooded area with 150 Class A sites.

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Shabbona Lake has been declared the “Muskie Capitol of Illinois” and “Illinois Best Fishing Lake”

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What’s Happening At Shabbona Lake?

Changing Dynamics At Shabbona Lake State Park!!!

August 25, 2014

This year, we have seen a dramatic increase in Kayaks and Canoes at Shabbona Lake. Over the years small fishing boats have enjoyed the protection of the 10 horsepower limit at Shabbona Lake. Now, another growing group of outdoor enthusiasts are flocking to Shabbona Lake also. They feel safe, away from larger boats, bigger engines […]


Fall Muskie Bite On Already!!!

August 21, 2014 IMG_7587

Steve and I went out Tuesday morning and had phenomenal day of Muskie fishing!! We caught a total of 5 Muskie and raised around 6 more Muskie! The smallest I caught was 34″ and the largest was 45″. Steve’s Muskie was 39″. It was a Buchertail bite, and they were coming out of the weeds. 

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On Site Services


Pokanoka’s Cafe

Shabbona Lake State Park is blessed to have the area’s most popular Café’ It is called Pokanoka’s Café, named after Chief Shabbona’s Wife. Pokanoka’s overlooks scenic Shabbona Lake with a magnificent view through very large glass windows. The 60 seat Café also has outdoor seating, with a decorative pergola, for an additional 40 diners.


The Camp Store

No more running into town when you have forgotten an item, just walk over to The Camp Store to find it. We have everything you need! Bring your kids over and use our loaner fishing poles! We also have paddle boats that you may rent to enjoy a scenic view of Shabbona Lake.We offer everything you need to enjoy your trip!


Lakeside Bait, Tackle & Boat Rental

The staff of Lakeside Bait Shop, Boat Rental and Tackle are courteous, friendly and willing to help you get the best of your trip to Shabbona Lake. Since 1998, Lakeside Bait, Tackle & Boat Rental has been a family operated business. Stop in and let us help you make your trip to Shabbona Lake all you expect it to be!

Fishing Report

Great Start To Catfish Weekend!!!

Check out the 1st entry, and it is not even a limit. (only 5 catfish, limit is ...

Catfish Contest Weekend, Saturday, July 26th & Sunday, July 27th

July 26th & 27th Catfish Contest Weekend – It is rumored that Catfish start at 5 pounds and then get ...

Off the schneid

My first trip to Shabbona 2014 was a blast. Fished all morning with no results, so we ...

Memorial Day Weekend Report

Got out on Fri, Sat, Sun had to work today so sorry for late report but fish ...

3 more nice muskies caught

3 more nice muskies caught by clients of Aaron's Guide Service.


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