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Camping at Lake Shelbyville State Park

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Location and General Information

Lake Shelbyville State Park is a popular outdoor recreational area located in central Illinois, near the town of Shelbyville. It encompasses the lakeshore and surrounding areas of Lake Shelbyville, which is a reservoir created by the damming of the Kaskaskia River.

Camping Facilities

Lake Shelbyville State Park offers a range of camping facilities to suit different preferences, including:

  • Regular Campsites: These campsites usually include a picnic table, a fire pit or ring, and parking space for your vehicle. They may be suitable for tents, campers, or RVs, with different areas designated for each type of camping.

  • Group Campsites: For larger parties or family gatherings, group campsites might be available, which can accommodate more people and offer facilities accordingly.

  • Cabin Rentals: Some state parks may offer cabins for rent. These can range from more rustic accommodations to fully-equipped cabins with various amenities.

  • Hookups: Many campsites have electrical and water hookups for RVs and campers, providing additional comfort.

Check the specific details for Lake Shelbyville campsites, as amenities and facilities can vary.


Lake Shelbyville State Park provides numerous activities for visitors:

  • Boating: With a large lake at its center, boating is a significant draw. There are multiple boat launch ramps and the potential for boat rentals.

  • Fishing: The lake is known for its great fishing opportunities, with species such as bass, crappie, muskie, and walleye.

  • Hiking and Biking: There are trails for hikers and mountain bikers that offer scenic views and the chance to observe wildlife.

  • Swimming: Some parks have designated swimming beaches.

  • Wildlife Viewing: The park is a habitat for many species, and bird watching can be particularly rewarding.

Reservation and Fees

  • Reservations: Campsites at popular state parks can often be reserved in advance online or by calling the park office. During peak times, it's advisable to book early.

  • Fees: Expect to pay a nightly rate for camping, with prices varying based on the type of site and amenities provided. There may be additional fees for extra vehicles, pets, or for using certain facilities.

Rules and Regulations

  • Check-in and Check-out Times: Campers must adhere to the designated check-in and check-out times.

  • Quiet Hours: Respecting quiet hours (typically in the evening through early morning) is a must.

  • Pets: Pet policies vary by park. They may be allowed but are generally required to be leashed and under control.

  • Fires: Open fires are usually permitted in provided fire rings, although there may be seasonal restrictions due to fire danger.

  • Trash: Many parks operate on a carry-in, carry-out policy, meaning you need to take all your trash with you when you leave.

  • Alcohol: Some parks may have restrictions on alcohol consumption.

Safety and Preparedness

  • Weather: Be prepared for changing weather conditions and bring appropriate gear.

  • Wildlife: Store food securely and dispose of waste properly to avoid attracting wildlife.

  • Water Safety: If engaging in water activities, always wear life jackets and be conscious of lake conditions.

  • Emergency: Know the location of the nearest medical facility and have a way to call for help in case of an emergency.

Before planning your camping trip to Lake Shelbyville State Park, it's crucial to check the latest information regarding openings, reservations, and any public advisories. This information can often be found on the state park's official website or by contacting the park directly.

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