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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

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Thu Oct 16 2014   Later Dates


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

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • 50 amps
  • Archery
  • 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
  • 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
Alerts and Important Information
  • 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
  • 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

    Special Events:

      The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.

    • On July 4th at 9 AM, Pokanoka¿s Café at Shabbona Lake State Park will host the 1st Annual Pokanoka¿s Trail Run/Walk. The Trail/Run Walk will be a fund raising event for Safe Passage, DeKalb County¿s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Agency. The Trail Run is approximately 7 miles long. The Run will be along wooded trails and open prairie lands, as the runners circle around scenic Shabbona Lake. The Walk will be a circle loop thru approximately 2 miles of historic woods in Shabbona Lake State Park. Website: http://pokanokasrun.com On line registration: www.racetime.com Questions: Pokanokasrun@aol.com on Jul 04 2013
    • Shabbona Annual Fireworks display at Shabbona Lake State Park. on Jul 04 2013