NOTICE: October 1st – January 20th all hiking trails except Arrowhead and Touch the Earth are closed for hunting.
Trapper Drawing: Shabbona Lake State Park will be accepting applications for the fall/winter trapping programs at both Shabbona Lake State Park & Kishwaukee River. Applications will be accepted until noon on October 13, 2022. At 2:00pm the drawing will be held at the park office. One trapper and an alternate name will be drawn for each site, in the event the first trapper can’t fulfill his/her obligation. Trapper need not be present at the time of the drawing. Winning names will be notified. Park regulations and statewide regulations will apply. For further information contact Shabbona Lake State Park, 815-824-2106.
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.
Shabbona Lake SP Brochure.pdf
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.