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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?

Why Fish Cribs For Crappie?

October 23, 2014 Crib 1

Got out again with Henry & Larry.  We fished 4 cribs and caught over 50 Crappie.  Check out the down imaging photo.


You Don’t Want To Miss This Weekend!!! October 21st & 22nd

October 21, 2014

If you are siting at home this weekend, or if you are raking leaves and doing other chores, you WILL wish you were at Shabbona Lake, guaranteed!!! . Saturday 65 degrees Sunday 67 degress Crappie Biting Bass Biting Muskie Biting Catfish Biting Bluegill Biting Walleye – bonus surprise!!! ​Fall Colors – Beautiful!!! See you all Saturday […]


Lite Lining For Crappie

October 17, 2014 101_1010

Larry & Henry were back today.  We caught over 35 Crappie.  Larry had the biggest at 12″. We found the Crappie at the bottom of the Cribs. We anchored up over the cribs and lite lined the minnow down inside the crib. ​Most bites occurred about a foot off of the bottom.

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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

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 ...

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 ...


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