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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?

Walleye Contest Weekend – Saturday June 27th & Sunday June 28th

June 23, 2015

This weekend, Saturday, June 27th & Sunday June 28th, is Walleye Contest Weekend.  Walleye at Shabbona Lake are different than other lakes.  Best time to fish Walleye at Shabbona Lake is soon after the weed beds reach maturity.  Other lakes it is early Spring or late Fall, but not at Shabbona Lake. So now is Walleye […]


July 4th Pokanoka’s Trail Run/Walk

May 13, 2015 2015 Run Walk Combo 3

3rd  Annual Pokanoka’s Trail Run/Walk Shabbona Lake State Park Saturday, July 4th, 2015,  8:00 A.M.  The Trail Run/Walk is a fundraising event for Safe Passage, DeKalb County’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Agency. The mission of Safe Passage is to reduce or prevent domestic violence and sexual assault.  Choose the 8 mile trail for runners or […]

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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

Fish Picture Of The Day At Shabbona Lake

02 -07-15 --- What a nice day!!! A limit of Catfish and 3 Crappie all over a pound apiece. ...

2014 Fish Pics – In Review – Shabbona Lake

Check out the 2014 Fish Pics from Shabbona Lake via a slideshow, ENJOY!!!

Best Bass Day Ever!!!

Karl Dahlstrom reported he had his "BEST BASS DAY EVER". He was using a floating Rapala over the ...

Fall Crappie Tips

09-09-14 Summer Crappie that have been roaming, feeding on schools of shad, return to the fish cribs/brush piles ...

Great Start To Catfish Weekend!!!

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


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