Notice to all Youth Group Campers! : Please be advised that each year, between the dates of October 1st and January 20th, all hiking trails leading from the Youth Group Campground into the interior of the park are closed to the public due to seasonal archery hunting. Due to this situation, all Youth Group Campers will be directed to camp at several designated sites in the regular campground. This change will take effect for all reservations after October 9th.
Activity Permits: A Group Use or Activity permit may be required prior to making a reservation for shelters or group camp areas, please Click Here first, to determine if a permit is required for your event or activity.

Shabbona Lake State Park, IL

Minutes west of Chicago, urban sprawl gives way to rolling prairie. Nestled in the middle of this characteristically deep, well-drained upland terrain, Shabbona Lake State Park privides a convenient, natural haven from the hustle and bustle of daily life. A unique mix of grass-covered...
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Max reservation window: Thu Mar 19 2015   Later Dates

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  • Shelter Reservations are non-refundable unless the area is closed by the Department, in this circumstance the Site Manager will contact you prior to your reservation date to cancel and issue your refund.
  • A responsible adult (18 years of age or older) from the camping party must register for the party and thereby acknowledge compliance with the rules and regulations of the park for the party.
  • Firewood Ban: It is illegal to bring or possess on IDNR properties any firewood from out of state or from a quarantine area or adjacent counties where wood exportation or movement has been prohibited by State or Federal Law.
  • Absolutely no alcohol allowed in the campground.
  • Youth Group Camping Area: At least one responsible adult must accompany each group of 15 minors.
  • Special camping rate reductions apply to Illinois residents only.
  • Group size and number of vehicles cannot exceed the established maximums.
  • The maximum length of a camping stay from May 1 through October 31 is 14 nights in any 30 day period.
  • Alcohol is not allowed in any areas of the campground.
  • All pets must be on a leash. Pet owners are responsible for their animal's waste and must dispose of it properly. Pets must be kept under control at all times.
  • All visitors are required to leave the park at or before 10:00PM.
  • Groups of 25 or more are required to register in advance with the park office.
  • Campground is closed at 10:00PM. It is possible to leave in the event of an emergency.
  • Major holidays require a 3 night reservation.
  • Quiet hours are from 10:00PM - 7:00AM.
  • No tents, trailers or RV's are allowed at the cabin sites.
  • No pets or smoking are allowed in the cabins.
  • We hope you enjoy your stay or event, Remember, take only memories, leave only footprints.
  • All reservations must be made a minimum of 7 days in advance of your arrival date.
  • All cancellations must be made a minimum of 7 days in advance of your arrival date in order to receive a full refund of camping fees.
  • For specific park information or questions regarding your reservation, please call the Park Office at (815) 824-2106
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    Footnotes: (applicable only where specifically marked above)
    ** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
    *** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
    Overview

    Description

    Minutes west of Chicago, urban sprawl gives way to rolling prairie. Nestled in the middle of this characteristically deep, well-drained upland terrain, Shabbona Lake State Park privides 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, or marsh, make this an ideal location for relaxation and out-door activity, With facilities for picnicking, dining, 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. Opened in 1978, this 1,500-acre park and 315- acre lake is managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources

    Booking Window

    Cabin

    Fri Sep 26 2014 - Wed Mar 18 2015

    Reservations must be made 7 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 180 Days(s) in advance.

    Group Camp

    Fri Sep 26 2014 - Wed Mar 18 2015

    Reservations must be made 7 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 180 Days(s) in advance.

    Shelter

    Fri Sep 26 2014 - Sat Sep 19 2015

    Reservations must be made 7 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

    Standard

    Fri Sep 26 2014 - Wed Mar 18 2015

    Reservations must be made 7 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 180 Days(s) in advance.

    Season Dates

    Season Schedule

    Park Season Start End
    Peak Thu May 01 2014 Fri Oct 31 2014
    Walk In Sat Nov 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
    Walk In Thu Jan 01 2015 Thu Apr 30 2015
    Peak Fri May 01 2015 Sat Oct 31 2015
    Services and Amenities
    Within Facility
    • 50 amps
    • Archery
    • BOAT RAMP
    • Bird Watching
    • Boating
    • Boating, Canoeing
    • Boating, Kayaking
    • Cabins
    • Campground Host
    • Cash Machine/Atm
    • Concession
    • Dump Station
    • Fire Rings
    • Firewood Sales
    • Fishing
    • Fishing, Pier
    • Grills
    • Group Picnicking
    • Handicap Sites
    • Hiking
    • Hiking Trail
    • Horseshoe Pits
    • Horseshoes
    • Hot Showers
    • Hunting
    • Jogging/Running
    • Mountain Biking
    • Office/Ranger Station
    • Photography
    • Picnic Area
    • Picnic Shelter
    • Picnic Tables
    • Picnicking
    • Playground
    • RESERVABLE
    • Rentals, Boat, Motorized
    • Restaurant
    • Restrooms
    • Retail, Bait & Tackle
    • Retail, Ice
    • Row Boat Rental
    • Sail Boarding
    • Sail Boating
    • Showers
    • Sledding
    • Snowmobile Trails
    • Stargazing
    • Trails, Easy Hiking/Walking
    • Trails, Mountain Bike
    • Volleyball
    • Volleyball Net
    • Walking
    • Water, Drinking
    • Wildflower Viewing
    • Wildlife Viewing
    Less Than 1 Mile
    • Golf
    • Grocery Store
    • Town
    Greater Than 1 Mile
    • Antiquing
    • Church
    • Fuel, Vehicles
    • Laundry
    • Retail, Drinks
    • Retail, Supplies
    Within 10 Miles
    • Fruit / Produce Picking
    • Historic Sites
    • Kennel
    • Maintenance, Vehicle
    • Orchard/Produce Farm
    • Propane
    • Seasonal Festivals
    • Winery Tours
    Greater Than 10 Miles
    • Hospital
    • Maintenance, RV/Camper
    • Medical Clinic
    • Motel
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    Fees and Cancellation Policies

    Fees and Cancellation

    CANCELLATION POLICY:

    CAMPSITES, CABINS:
    Cancellations made prior to the minimum booking window for the facility will be provided a full refund minus the non-refundable $5.00 reservation fee. Cancellations made inside the minimum reservation window, but prior to arrival, will be charged the first nights campsite or cabin use fee as well as the $5.00 reservation fee. All remaining funds will be refunded.

    Cancellations (or early departures) made after the scheduled arrival date will be charged for the nights that have passed (or the minimum stay requirement, whichever is greater), plus one additional nights campground or cabin use fee and the $5.00 reservation fee. Any remaining funds will be refunded.

    No-shows will be charged the full amount of the campsite/cabin reservation fee and the $5.00 reservation fee, without refund.

    SHELTERS: The reservation fee for Shelters is $25 for each day the shelter is reserved. All Shelter fees are non-refundable unless the area is closed by the Department. Upon vacating the site, shelter users are required to remove all personal belongings and place all trash in the appropriate receptacles located at the site. Failure to clean up the area after you leave will result in a disposal fee of $50. Failure to pay the disposal fee will result in denial of future reservations until the fee is paid in full.


    Facility Rates*
    Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
    Peak Season
    May 01 2014 -
    Oct 31 2014
    Standard $25.00-$35.00
    Shelter $25.00
    Group Camp $20.00
    Cabin $50.00-$60.00
    Walk In Season
    Nov 01 2014 -
    Dec 31 2014
    Standard $25.00
    Shelter $25.00
    Group Camp $20.00
    Cabin $50.00
    Walk In Season
    Jan 01 2015 -
    Apr 30 2015
    Standard $25.00
    Shelter $25.00
    Group Camp $20.00
    Cabin $50.00
    Peak Season
    May 01 2015 -
    Oct 31 2015
    Standard $25.00
    Shelter $25.00
    Group Camp $20.00
    Cabin $50.00

    *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):
    41.73389, -88.86972
    41°44'2"N, 88°52'11"W

    Shabbona Lake State Park is easily accessible from the Chicago area via I-88. Take I-88 west to the Sugar Grove exit, which is approximately 2.5 miles west of the Aurora Toll Booth. Take US 30 west from Sugar Grove approximately 22 miles to Shabbona. Visitors from the Northeast or Southeast, take IL 47 to US 30 west to Shabbona. Visitors from the Southwest or Northwest, take I-39 to to US 30 (exit 87). Directional signs are on the exit ramps. Take US 30 east 7 miles to Shabbona. From the DeKalb area, take IL Rt 23 south to US 30, then take US 30 west to Shabbona. Signs in Shabbona will direct you to the park. The park entrance is on Preserve Road, approximately 1/2 mile south of Shabbona. Signs in Shabbona will direct you to the park. For Map Quest, use the address for our main entrance: 100 East Preserve Road, Shabbona, IL 60550.
    Contact Information

    Mailing Address:

    Shabbona Lake State Park
    100 E. Preserve Road
    Shabbona  IL  60550

    Phone Number:

    Project Office: (815) 824-2106
    Additional Information