For Direction To Park Use: 100 Preserve Road, Shabbona, IL 60550
Bait Shop (815) 824-2581 Park Ofc (815) 824-2106 Cafe (815) 824-2481

Pokanoka’s Cafe


Pokanoka’s will be closed during March as we prepare for the upcoming season.  Pokanoka’s will reopen in April.  See you all in April!!!

SUMMERTIME ONLY OFFERING ON THE WATER DELIVERY.  Did you find your favorite spot?  Are you catching tons of fish?  There is no need to leave that spot to eat.  Just call (815) 824 2481 and order your food and we will deliver right to your boat.  Then come in after your trip for a cold beer or ice cream, watch your favorite sports team, and tell us your fishing stories.

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 famous Pokanoka Burger is only at Pokanoka’s. It is two perfectly seasoned never frozen hamburger patties, two slices of cheese, grilled onions, with BBQ sauce served on a toasted Kaiser bun.

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Other Pokanoka’s Cafe Events

September 1st Dinner and a Movie at Pokanoka’s
October 12th Dinner and a Movie at Pokanoka’s

Pokanoka’s Hours For 2013:


1st weekend in April – Saturday & Sunday 11 AM – 2 PM
2nd-4th weekend in April – Fridays 11AM – 8PM, Saturdays & Sundays 11 AM – 4 PM

First Friday Night Dinners on April 19th, featuring Baked or Fried Icelandic Cod, and Slow Cooked Hickory Smoked Ribs!

May 1st – May 24th
Mon – Thurs 11AM – 2PM
Friday 11AM to 8PM
Saturday 11 AM – 7 PM
Sunday 11 AM – 6 PM

Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day Weekend
Monday – Thursday 11 AM – 5 PM
Friday 11 AM – 8 PM
Saturday 10 AM – 8 PM
Sunday 10 AM – 7 PM

Labor Day – Columbus Day

M-F 11 AM – 2 PM
Saturday 11 AM – 7 PM
Sunday 11 AM – 6 PM

18 thoughts on “Pokanoka’s Cafe

  1. restaraunt – what are the rules about dogs on the patio, if they’re cabled to a tree or keep on a leash?

  2. I was curious if your location ever hosts weddings. It would be small and simple, under 60 guests. I’m originally from the area and love the state park and think it would be a perfect place for a wedding.

  3. We are camping at the state park this coming weekend. I thought I had seen on your website a few weeks ago information about a weekend morning brunch at Pokanoka’s, but don’t see it now. Is it offered this Columbus Day weekend? (Oct. 5-8) and if so, what are the hours and prices? Thanks!

    • Hi Susan,

      We have not served breakfast or bunch all season. We have an open flame grill which makes it hard for us to provide breakfast.


  4. Do you ever rent out room for partys .We are looking for place to hold prom.It would be like 80-90 people .

  5. I noticed you have hiking trails. Are these trails suitable for biking. Is the trail level.
    Thank you

  6. I am interested in the friday fish fry – is it all you can eat and if so how much per person?

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