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Shabbona Lake State Park


4201 Shabbona Grove Rd.
Shabbona, IL 60550
815.824.2106
shabbona@dnrmail.state.il.us
http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/PARKS/R1/SHABBONA.HTM
6 Reviews
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They allow a group of 16 camp in a nongroup site. We were told the limit was 4. The group was loud and rude until 1:00 am and the up again at 6:00. The camphost did nothing. There is also a train track that runs through town and 2 or 3 crossings they have to blow the whistle through. Would I stay again? NOWAY

Received from Anon for visit in Oct 2007


Site Number:None
Stay Again? NO
Shabbona is only 45 minutes from our house and is our favorite close to home campground. There are 150 sites, some overlooking the lake and almost all are wooded. But, because the park is so close to Chicago is does tend to be very busy on weekends. Our favorite things about this campground are the clean shower house with flush toilets, lovely lake, convenient camp store, nice boathouse with great ice cream, large in ground fire rings, fun trails, and great fishing. They also have very nice handicapped sites. We liked site 149 as it was a large site, wooded, and close, but not too close, to the shower house.

 

Received from Vicki L for visit in September 2005


Site Number: 149
Stay Again? YES
We arrived at about 5:30 PM on a Friday afternoon and found the check-in station had a line and got longer behind me as I waited. Even though there were only 2 people in front of me when I got in line, it took almost 30 minutes to check-in and pay. The woman doing the paperwork was very nice, but SO SLOW! They need to get her to speed up or have a second person working. They did say there were only about 10 sites still available when we arrived, so we felt lucky to get a site. And when we drove back from dinner at about 8 PM into the campground, the sign did say they were full. Overall, Shabbona is a nice campground with wooded sites for the most part and a clean bathhouse. The boathouse at the park has a wonderful all you can eat fish fry on Friday nights and we were lucky enough to get to enjoy it. Only $8.95 and delicious with fried or baked fish, baked potatoes, green beans, hush puppies, salad bar, and dessert. Highly recommended!

   

Received from Kerry for visit in Jul 2006


Site Number: 147
Stay Again? YES
This is the first time we had camped here in the off season. The rates are lowered to $15 per night because the showerhouse is closed until May 1st. The electricity is still available at the sites and you just have to go to the shower house to get water, none of the other pumps are on. The campstore was open and is open in April on the weekends. Overall, the campground was in good shape. One of the loops (Teal Bay) was blocked off, but there were still plenty of sites available in the other 2 loops when we arrived on Saturday afternoon. We did have a nice view of the lake from our site, which would not be case if the trees were full of leaves.

Received from Anne J for visit in Apr 2006


Site Number: 110
Stay Again? YES
Shabbona State Park is located about 20 miles S/W of DeKalb Il, in the town of Shabbona. There is a 318 acre man made lake that campground overlooks, with 150 class A camping sites. The ones that have a direct view of the lake are hard to get, but sometimes they are still available. As in ALL ILLINOIS STATE PARKS NO ALCOHOL IS ALLOWED. Even though this 318 acre lake is part of the park, NO SWIMMING IS ALLOWED. That point is a big minus in my book. Also know as the Muskie fishing capitol of Il, Some 30# fish have been caught in this lake. There are also 2 rental cabins available for about $45 a night. With a large shower building and camp store, and along with picnic tables and many hiking trails, there is plenty to do for all ages.

Received from Ken K for visit in 2005


Site Number: 130
Stay Again? YES
We got lucky that this site was still available when we got there. It is one of the sites that cannot be reserved in advance and the place was very full. The site backs up to the lake with a nice view through the trees and a trail down to the waters edge. This was our first time at Shabbona and liked the shaded sites, large playground for the kids, and easy lake access for our boat. Highly recommended.

Received from Andrew P for visit in July 2005


Site Number: 114
Stay Again? YES



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