The Park is open year-round and the hours of operation are:


April thru October
6:00 AM – 10:00 PM

November thru January
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Shabbona Lake has been declared the “Muskie Capitol of Illinois” and “Illinois Best Fishing Lake” by The State of Illinois Resolution presented by Rep. Robert Pritchard to the State of Illinois House of Representatives.

Whether fishing from a boat or shore, both are popular and productive at Shabbona Lake, which is stocked with large and smallmouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, rock bass, black and white crappie, black and brown bullhead, channel catfish, walleye, muskie and perch. For fish catch and size limits, contact the park office.

Lake access is available from a double-lane launching ramp. Boat motors are limited to a 10 horsepower maximum. However, an 18-acre upper fishing area is a no-wake zone where only the use of electric trolling motors or rowing is permitted. For further details, including information on special sailing regulations, contact the park office.

Swimming and/or wading is prohibited at Shabbona Lake. This regulation is strictly enforced.

On any given day you can catch Muskie, Bass, Walleye, Crappie, Catfish, Perch, Stripers & Bluegill.

Shabbona Lake Stats:

  • Home Of 4 State Of Illinois Record Muskie
  • Home Of 2 State Of Illinois Record Hybrid Crappie
  • 425,000 Visitors A Year
  • Only 80 Miles West Of Chicago
  • Only 30 Miles West Of Aurora
  • Only 25 Miles Southwest Of DeKalb

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Posted by Shabbona Lake State Park on Sunday, January 3, 2016

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WE ARE NOW OPEN FOR SEASON!!!!!!!!  Lakeside Bait, Tackle and Boat Rental is open 7 days a week 6 am to 7 pm.   Boat rentals will be available from 7 AM to 6 PM daily.  Pokanoka’s Cafe is open 7 days a week Monday to Friday 11 AM to 4 PM and Saturday and Sundays 11 AM to 6 PM.  The Camp Store is open Monday to Thursday 5 PM to 8 PM, Friday & Saturday 12 PM to 8 PM and Sunday 8 AM to 12 PM.  YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK WHILE IN THE CONCESSION BUILDING.  WHILE ON OUR RENTALS BOATS WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU WEAR A MASK.  WE WILL HAVE MASKS AVAILABLE FOR SALE FOR $2.00 EACH.

We ask that all our customers please be patient as we will be opening in the middle of our season, training new employees and implementing new safety regulations

The 4th of July fireworks at Shabbona Lake State Park have been cancelled.