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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?

Lakeside Boat Rental

November 7, 2015

Lakeside Bait, Tackle & Boat Rental has put away all of its boats and motors for the year. Until ice up, Lakeside will not be open regular hours.  However, we may or may not be around the bait shop, finishing up end of the year end shutdown.  If you see our vehicles around feel free […]


935 Walleye Stocked Into Shabbona Lake!!!

November 3, 2015 5-7 Inch Walleye2

Thanks to generous donations by customers at Lakeside Bait, Tackle & Boat Rental, 935 were purchased from Logan Hollow Fish Hatchery and stocked into Shabbona Lake today, 11-02-15 Once again we see why Shabbona Lake is such a great fishing lake. Thanks to pennies, nickles, dimes, quarters and dollars donated, Shabbona Lake has a new […]

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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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