Lived in the area before full-timing and know this park well. 150 sites: 60 FCFS, 90 Reserve America. It is a park all about a big lake for fishing, kayaks,canoes, and sail boards. No motors over 10hp. There is a day use area with cafe, boat rentals, and camp store. The camping area is separated from day use and also has a camp store and boat ramps. This is a park for tents, pop-ups, and small trailers. All sites are back-in, level is no way guaranteed. Many sites are very short, not designed for big Class A's or 5th wheels. The park is very heavily forested and camp sites cut into the woods. Camp sites are clear by constant use. Summer weekends are almost always full. Many miles of walking trails are mowed clear. Only one brick-and-mortar bathroom with two toilets and showers, the rest are all pit type outhouses. If possible, drive this park first and note the good sites. Because of its size there are five host couples on site and will help whenever they can. This park is basic but very nice. We camped at Shabbona Lake State Park in a Motorhome.
Tips for other Campers:
DNR Rangers and DNR Police are frequent visitors. Don't be cheap buy a license and don't put fish on your stringer that don't belong there. Count and measure!
Prefer another campground in nearby but couldn't get in there so stayed here. Caters to fishing folks more than hikers. Small, tight campsites with fire rings (but no grills) were okay; just partial shade, which is hot in summertime. Didn't see many level sites which could be a problem for many RVers and tent campers. Canvasback Loop looks most preferred; Merganser Loop okay. Pit toilets near many sites; short walk to clean showers and toilets. Not much hot water, even at 7 AM; none at 4 PM. Quiet hours enforced but no problems with nearby neighbors. Overall experience was just okay. We camped at Shabbona Lake State Park in a Motorhome.
We loved this campground. Beautiful, wooded sites, (for the most part) clean bathrooms. Large lake for fishing (no swimming) and boat rentals. Nice playground and volleyball court by the dock and camp store, hiking trails. Great place to unwind. We will camp here again and I have recommended it to others. We camped at Shabbona Lake State Park in a Tent Trailer.
Typical state park. We had a great site near the huge lake in Canvasback Cove. Good fishing and a nice general store that has a variety of items for purchase. There is a restaurant on site, we did not eat there, but we will try it on our next visit. Has a lot of boat ramps which is nice if camping with a boat. Very nice camp hosts. Be careful picking your site. Some sites look like you need to back "up" hill to get into them. Those were in the Teal Bay loop. The dump and fill station was very clean and easily accessible. Two dump's, just wish they were opposite of each other instead of facing the same direction. It could get pretty tight in there if there were a larger motorhome in first. We are scheduled to go back for July 4th. Heard they have fireworks over the lake. It should be nice. We camped at Shabbona Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.
We camped here Memorial Weekend. It was full and very busy. Unfortunately, still a little cold for our kids with small kids who also came in a tent. Came for some fishing for the little kids, but no luck off shore. Lots of trees and shade, would have welcomed a little sun. Pit toilets/water nearby, a short walk to the showers/flush toilets. Some trails to walk--next time! Didn't see any rangers coming through camp, but didn't see any issues with all the people here either. Visited the park's Pokanoka’s Café for fish dinner. Was OK. Nice boat rental and store and dock area. Might bring our canoe next time, and bikes. We camped at Shabbona Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: September, 2009 - $20.00
I really enjoyed this campground, super friendly hosts, beautiful grounds well maintained, play areas for children adult picnics, very nice lake with boat rentals available. small restaurant, bait shops, tackle shops. We camp here several times a year, kids have a great time and always look back to going again!!!! We camped at Shabbona Lake State Park in a Tent.
Very nice campground. Nice hosts. Beautiful views of lake and landscape. Drawbacks. Most sites are terribly off level. Main gate is closed after 10pm. After that, must walk in from there, some 3/4 mile to campsites. We camped at Shabbona Lake State Park in a Motorhome.
One of my favorite state parks! The park takes reservations for a limited number of sites and the rest are first come. The campground map on the website has pictures of most sites when you click on the site number. So it is nice to be able to "see" the site when making reservations. Nice lake and some good hiking trails in the state park. Lots of deer and wildlife to enjoy too. Close to my home, so we camp here quite often and have always enjoyed our stay. We camped at Shabbona Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: April, 2007 - $15.00
We loved this park. It was early in the season and only one of the 3 campground loops were open. It was the loop closest to the lake (Canvasback Cove) Each site is large and fairly private, some offer great lake views. They have a nice camp store with boat rentals and bait and camping gear. The lake is huge and they boast that it has great fishing. Nice playground and gazebo in a park area. The Hosts and the other campers were very friendly. Site price was very fair since they have no water or sewer...we will go back when it is warmer for sure. We camped at Shabbona Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.
This is a very nice campground. The employees were very kind and helpful. When I was just about to pull into a spot the guy driving around in his cart stopped me and said he had one even better. He was right, it was right next to the lake and the playground for the kids. This camp ground was extremely clean and all of the sites have large fire rings. The restrooms and showers appeared to be clean as well. It appeared most of the sites have large shade trees. The sites appeared to be a little small but not enough to keep us from going again soon. There is boating and fishing, loaner poles were available to the kids for free. We camped here in a Motorhome We camped at Shabbona Lake State Park in a Motorhome.