Update: May 1st, the following areas of the park are OPEN:
- Eight miles of hiking trails are available; walking is permitted throughout the park.
- Boat ramp and lake are open for boaters and fishermen; limit of two people per boat regardless of the relationship of the people in the boat.
- Bank fishing is permitted.
- Archery range is open for public use.
- 11 pit toilets are open; flush toilets and handwashing sinks are available in the shower house and concession building entryway.
- Roads are open to walking and biking throughout the park.
- Picnicking available throughout the park; please picnic with members of your household.
The folowing areas of the park are CLOSED:
- Park office is closed to the public, but office personnel are available to answer informational phone calls.
- Concession operations, including restaurant, boat rental and bait shop, are closed.
- All campgrounds are closed to camping but will be open for walking or biking.
- All playgrounds and shelters are closed.
- Showers in shower buildings are closed.
- No turkey hunting.
- All group activities and events are canceled or postponed.
Just 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.
A unique mix of grass-covered meadows, upland mesic woods, bottomland woods, and a native, undisturbed fen make this an ideal location for natural relaxation and outdoor activity. You can see sedges, cattails, marsh marigold, horsetails, skunk cabbage, turtlehead, iris, blue joint grass and bulrushes. Also enjoy areas of prairie restoration throughout the park featuring prairie grasses such as big blue stem and prairie flowers such as purple cone flower.
With facilities for picnicking, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting and winter sports, Shabbona Lake SRA is a convenient and comfortable retreat where visitors can refresh and reinvigorate in a rare, unspoiled environment.
In addition, Shabbona Lake contains a 15-acre seasonal nesting area for migratory waterfowl such as canvasback, redhead and pintail ducks and Canada geese.