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

Park Info

Just miles west of Chicago, off U.S. 30, urban sprawl gives way to 1,550 acres of rolling prairie and features a 318.8 acre man-made fishing lake. Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area provides a convenient, natural haven from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

A unique mix of grass-covered meadows, upland mesic woods, bottomland woods, and a native, undisturbed fen, make this an ideal location for natural relaxation and outdoor activity. You can see sedges, cattail, marsh marigolds, horsetail, skunk cabbage, turtlehead, iris, blue joint grass and bulrushes. Also enjoy the areas of prairie restoration throughout the park which features prairie grasses such as Big Blue Stem and prairie flowers such as purple cone flower.

With facilities for picnicking, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting and winter sports, Shabbona Lake is a convenient and comfortable retreat where you can refresh and reinvigorate yourself in a rare, unspoiled environment.

In addition, Shabbona Lake contains a 15-acre seasonal nesting area for migratory waterfowl such as Canvasback, redhead and pintail ducks and Canada Geese.

13 thoughts on “Park Info

  1. We are wanting to come in august, first timers, I see there is electricity what about water hook ups ? where do we do that?

  2. I’d like to reserve site 118 which is a handicap site. From like the 10th of Aug till the 17th. But want Mon thru sun. I’m handicap and was wondering what the cost will b. I’ve been there 3yrs in a row. Can someone please call me. 815-876-6083. Thanks

    • Hi John,
      You will need to contact the State Park office at 815-824-2106. We only operate the bait shop, campground store and restaurant inside the State Park. The State Park office handles the campground reservations. You can also check site availability and make reservations online at ~ Becky

  3. Is there any place to get coffee and breakfest in the morning? If so what time is it open. If not in the park, how far is it?

    • Both the bait shop and camp store have coffee. There is a place in downtown Shabbona called Clanin’s cafe that serves breakfast. However, they are closing down at the end of the month so I am not sure about their hours.

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