Review of Shabbona Lake State Park Campground in Shabbona, Illinois
September 2010 – 2 Nights
There are 3 main loops to the campground; Teal Bay, Merganser Circle and Canvas back Cove. We stayed in site number 10 on the Teal Bay loop which was a great campsite with woods to the left and behind us. The whole campground had a great feel to it with many wooded sites and a few more open sites. There is also some terrain to the park that helps with the camping atmosphere. Teal Bay loop is closed for the 2011 season.
Campsite spacing is mixed. We had an end site which gave us more room and nobody was using the site to the right of us which was actually quite close. The park had a mix of tight sites and really well spaced sites. Overall the spacing was above average.
Most sites are gravel back-in and fairly level from what I could see. There are a few sites in the park that look like they would require quite a bit of leveling. Our site did take quite a bit of leveling but I was ok with it because I liked the surroundings of our site.
There are 8 miles of hiking trails in the park. We did not hike any of them ourselves. I believe most of them are used for cross-country skiing in the winter.
There is a good sized lake with a 10hp limit meant for fishing. There is no wading or swimming in the lake. The lake does have underwater obstructions in it so you must be careful when navigating. There are small fishing boat rentals at the concession store. Kyle and I did rent a small boat for a couple of hours to attempt some fishing.
We did not catch any fish but the lake is stock with a variety of fish. There are many points and little bays in the lake that allow for good fishing points. There were quite a few boats on the lake when we were there, which did crowd up the good fishing points.
Our camp site gave the kids ample room to run around and play in the woods surrounding us. Traffic in the park was also not bad and allowed for us to take short walks around our loop while Kyle road his tricycle. The three separate loops were nice for towing the boys behind my bicycle in their trailer.
We really enjoyed the park. If you live within a couple hours of the park you really should try it out. It was a nice park to get away at. I would not rank it as high as some of the other parks we have stayed at in Illinois such as Johnson-Saulk Trail, Siloam Springs or Morrison-Rockwood, but it was still a nice park.
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- Rated 3 stars
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