DAM WEST (DAY USE), IL

Dam West Day Use Area offers reservable group picnic shelters on the shore of Lake Shelbyville in the heart of central Illinois. The lake and surrounding land offer outdoor activities for people of all ages, including fishing, swimming, picnicking and simply relaxing. Boaters have...
Status: Open through Tue Sep 30 2014   Season Dates

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Know Before You Go
  • No alcohol permitted in beach area
  • No outside firewood allowed; obtain or purchase firewood at or near your camping destination and burn it on-site; firewood can carry invasive insects and diseases that destroy forests; learn more
  • $3 per day boat launch fee; $1 per person per day to use the beach; total fee will not exceed $4 per vehicle per day; no day use fees charged for children under 13 years old or those camped in Army Corps campgrounds
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OVER GROUP PICNIC AREA 50 0
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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RP GROUP PICNIC AREA 50 0
Electric Hookup Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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LG GROUP PICNIC AREA 100 Accessible 0
Electric Hookup Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Overview

Overview

Dam West Day Use Area offers reservable group picnic shelters on the shore of Lake Shelbyville in the heart of central Illinois.

The lake and surrounding land offer outdoor activities for people of all ages, including fishing, swimming, picnicking and simply relaxing. Boaters have year-round access to the lake, even during high lake elevations.

Natural Features:

This facility is mostly open with a clear view of the lake. About half of the land around the lake is forested, with oak and hickory as the dominant species. Foliage turns a variety of red, orange, purple and yellow each fall, while prairie flowers dot the landscape in spring and summer.

Numerous species of songbirds, shorebirds, waterfowl and raptors inhabit the lake area, as do mammals such as cottontail rabbit, white-tail deer, gray and fox squirrel, muskrat and mink.

Recreation:

Boaters have access to a multi-lane boat ramp and courtesy dock, and hikers can explore the shore using a number of trails. The General Dacey Trail begins at Dam West Recreation Area and makes its way through Shelbyville's Forrest Park.

Lake Shelbyville offers a multitude of fishing opportunities for catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, muskie, walleye, white bass and bluegill. For those without a boat, several managed ponds with farmed fish are available around the lake.

Hunting areas, located a short drive away, offer numerous game species, including quail, rabbit, pheasant, deer, dove, turkey, waterfowl and woodcock.

Facilities:

Dam West Day Use Area has four group picnic shelters; three can accommodate about 50 people each, while one can host up to 100. The shelters each have six picnic tables, and the facility provides volleyball courts, a large public beach with showers and a playground.

Nearby Attractions:

Wolf Creek State Park, Woods Lake Waterfowl Refuge and Okaw Bluff Wetlands Complex are popular locations for wildlife watching, birding and hunting near Lake Shelbyville.

Booking Window
Sat Aug 02 2014 - Wed Jul 29 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Tue Apr 01 2014 Tue Sep 30 2014
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Playground
  • Accessible Swimming
  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Dock
  • Electric Hookups
  • Entrance Station
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Paved Roads
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Tables
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Visitor Center
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Water Spigot
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
Apr 01 2014 -
Sep 30 2014
GROUP PICNIC AREA $30.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.41639, -88.785
39°24'59"N, 88°47'6"W

The Dam West area is located immediately east of Shelbyville, Illinois. From East Main Street, turn north onto East Road and drive toward the dam. Take a right onto north 9th Street into the recreation area.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

DAM WEST (DAY USE)
RR 4 BOX 128 B
SHELBYVILLE  IL  62565

Phone Number:

Information:  (217)774-3951
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