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Status: Open through Tue Sep 30 2014   Season Dates


Bo Wood Day Use Area sits on the northern 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.

Natural Features:

This facility is partially forested and offers a combination of shade and sun. Oak and hickory are the dominant tree species in the lake region.

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.


Bo Wood Day Use Area is a fun place to relax along the lake. There is plenty of open space in which children can play.

Boaters have access to a multi-lane boat ramp and courtesy dock, and 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 within a short drive offer numerous game species, including quail, rabbit, pheasant, deer, dove, turkey, waterfowl and woodcock.


This facility offers one reservable group picnic shelter that can accommodate up to 50 people. Six picnic tables, a large grill, flush toilets and electric hookups are provided.

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.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Amphitheater
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Dock
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Cleaning Stations
  • Flush Toilets
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Self Pay Station
  • Showers
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Shelter hours are 8 am to 10 pm daily
  • Day-use only
  • 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

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.55139, -88.62222
39°33'5"N, 88°37'20"W

From Sullivan, Illinois, take State Route 32 south for 2 miles to the Forrest W. ''Bo'' Wood sign, then turn right and drive one mile to the day use area.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

RR 4 BOX 128 B

Phone Number:

Information: (217)774-3951