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Status: Open through Tue Sep 30 2014   Season Dates


Spillway is a day use area on the shore of the Kaskaskia River just below the Lake Shelbyville dam.

Situated in the heart of central Illinois, the river, lake and surrounding land offer outdoor activities for people of all ages, including fishing, picnicking and simply relaxing by the water.

Natural Features:

This facility is mostly open with some wooded areas. Oak and hickory are the dominant tree 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.


Spillway is a fun place to relax along the river. It has plenty of open space and a playground for children.

Lake Shelbyville and the Kaskaskia River also offer a multitude of fishing opportunities for catfish, crappie, largemouth and smallmouth bass, muskie, walleye, white bass and bluegill. For those without boats, there are also several ponds with farmed fish available around the lake.

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


This facility has a reservable picnic shelter that can accommodate 50 people. Six picnic tables, a playground, volleyball courts, fish cleaning station, flush toilets and spigots for drinking water 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
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Trails
  • Volleyball Courts
Know Before You Go
  • Shelter hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
  • This is a day use area only
  • Vehicles are not allowed to drive or park on the grass
  • 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):
39.40694, -88.77972
39°24'25"N, 88°46'47"W

Spillway is located at Lake Shelbyville dam, just east of the City of Shelbyville, Illinois. From Shelbyville, take State Route 16 east. Turn left (north) just after the dam into the day use area.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

RR4 BOX 128 B

Phone Number:

Information: (217)774-3951