Activities and Amenities
This facility is wooded with plenty of shade. Oak and hickory are the lake region's dominant species, and 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.
Boaters have access to a multi-lane boat ramp and courtesy dock at this facility, 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 ponds with farmed fish are 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.
Hikers can explore the lake shore using a number of trails, including the Chief Illini backpacking trail, which begins nearby.
This facility has one reservable group picnic shelter that can accommodate up to 50 people. The shelter has six picnic tables and a large grill, and the facility provides flush toilets.
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.