Starting October 16, 2020 the trap and archery ranges are only open on Mondays and Tuesdays due to pheasant season. The ranges will be completely closed January 19th, 2021 - February 28th, 2021 for coyote season. The equestrian trail is closed September 1, 2020 - September 30 , 2020, then October 16th, 2020 - February 28, 2021 for hunting season. December 1 - April 1 yearly, the West/Main entrance of the park closes for the winter. The East entrance remains open all year round.
Trapper Drawing Information
2020 Waterfowl Hunting Updates:
- We have signage posted to remind hunters to socially distance and to wear masks when checking in and out of the check station.
- There are only 6 waterfowl/blinds available.
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.