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Shabbona Lake State Park, Shabbona

#24 of 76 in Nature in Illinois
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Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area is an Illinois state park on 1,550 acres (630 ha) in Shabbona Township, DeKalb County, Illinois, United States. Shabbona Lake is a man-made lake created in 1975 by damming the (Big) Indian Creek, a tributary of the Fox River. Its name derives from the Potawatomi leader Shabbona.

SEVENTY MILES west of Chicago, off U.S. 30, urban landscape gives way to 1,550 acres of rolling prairie and a 318.8-acre man-made fishing lake. Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area provides a convenient, natural haven from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
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  • We have been to Shabbona a few times, and have always had a great time! We really enjoy their pontoon boat rentals and fishing. The view from our site was great. Appreciated the little path behind....  more »
  • Smaller then some of the parks I visited but nice. Clean bathrooms. A 5 mile simple hike around the lake, mostly prairie but some forest and an additional @1mile trail. Nice lake for fishing or kayaking. No swimming. No beach. Also has on site boat rental and small restaurant
  • Group camping area is fairly isolated from the rest of the campground. Does have one nice new fire ring. These are dry campsites and need to bring in water. So be prepared with containers. Couldn't find any suitable access to lake for fishing(primary reason for our trip) Had to drive to main park for kids to fish.

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