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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?

Illinois High Shool Association Bass Tournament At Shabbona Lake

September 9, 2014 ISHA  BASS

Everyone Here is the photo of the 6.35lbs. (6 lbs 4 oz.) Largemouth from the (ISHA) tournament today. Stagg High School’s Nick Cutrone caught the “Pig” and with his partner Joe Vella they brought 10.01 lbs to the scale with 4 fish. Thank you for all your help and we had a great time putting […]


Lisa’s Catfish

September 2, 2014

Check out Lisa’s Catfish!


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 […]

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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

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 ...

Memorial Day Weekend Report

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


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