The best camping near Lake Shelbyville

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Bear Creek Farm and Ranch

5 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents103 acres · Palmer, IL
We purchased our 45 acre farm in 1997, since then we have operated a sustainable small organic farm.  In January of 2018 we purchased 58 more acres that is attached to our land.  The property has a greenhouse, high tunnel and about a half acre of field that we raise vegetables & fruit on.  We have a 3 acre pond with a naturally sustaining fish population, we swim in the pond, many small pastures and woods with streams running through them.  Plenty of wildlife, hiking & mountain biking areas.  We have a certified kitchen at the farm and have products raised & made on the farm to purchase.  Supposedly the house is haunted and there are a couple of haunted sites within 15 miles of the farm. 
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Peaceful Prairie Tent Camping

3 sites · Lodging, Tents19 acres · Decatur, IL
We live on a 19 acre hobby farm with chickens, ducks, a goose, a pig and a pair of sheep and miniature donkeys. There is a pond full of frogs and turtles. We have a swimming pool that we share with guests. We have a tree house with nature games and books, a wildflower labyrinth, a creek and about 3/4 mile of trails in the woods. We are located very near several conservation areas with extensive hiking opportunities (Rock Springs and Sand Creek). Decatur has a water park (Splash Cove) and Overlook Adventure Park has batting cages, miniature golf and a ropes course. The Children's Museum of IL and Scovill Zoo are also fun for the kids. The Decatur Wellness Collective is located nearby and offers massage, yoga, meditation, reiki and Float therapy. There are also several local breweries (Door 4 Brewing, Decatur Brew Works and Golden Fox Brewing). We are certain that you will enjoy your stay here!
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Camp Lakewood Campground

58 sites · RVs10 acres · Effingham, IL
Welcome to Camp Lakewood Campground! We are your premier Campground in Effingham, Illinois. We are proudly family-owned and operated by Kiefer Campgrounds. Kiefer Campgrounds are part of a collection of parks that spare no expense to ensure your stay with us is nothing less than the BEST! We are ideally located within 1 mile of I-70 and I-57, and we are open year round. We are also golf-cart friendly. Please visit www.camplakewoodcampground.com or give us a call at 217-342-1111 for more details.
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Serenity Fields Farm

4 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Dalton City, IL
We are originally from Northern California. We are enjoying our expansive farm with all it's fresh air, fresh food, plants, animals, and fun events. We enjoy time relaxing in hammocks and letting the world pass us by. Bring your family out to enjoy all the farm has to offer, or take advantage of the serenity and privacy! Learn more about this land: Pitch your tent near the creek (site 1) in a completely private site (kids can sleep in the truck bed topper or fort if they'd like) or on the field to the side of the house (site 2) for a semi-private spot nearest to the bathroom and with a wood chip drive entrance for larger vehicles or (site 3) a semi- private spot down by the creek and the hay bales to the left of the house.  (Or pick a spot of your choosing).  Enjoy the farm animals, walk the property, build a fire, and enjoy the outdoors! There are more animals to pet from April through October (typically we have bunnies, chickens, sheep, cats, dogs, alpacas, miniature horses, horses, pig, goat, etc.).  In the winter the horses, alpacas, chickens, dogs, cats and sometimes bunnies are available to visit.  Firewood bundles available for $12.00 large $9 medium   There is a state park (Ft. Daniel) less than 5 minutes away and others a bit further (Spitler or Sand Creek) Horseback riding may be available upon request - $25.00 per person or $50.00 per family.  There is a large shaded playground in the front yard for the kids with a trampoline, small zip line, ninja line, slack line, silks, climbing dome, hammocks, etc.
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The Quiet Countryside

1 site · RV, Tent1 acre · Vandalia, IL
Easy access for campers located by a pond. Great for fishing and relaxing! 30 AMP electric hookup, can accommodate water fill up and sewer dump. There is a covered pavilion with picnic table and chairs. There is a grill and a fire pit. If you’re looking for a quiet getaway you will love it here! Located close to the interstate. Plenty of restaurants near by and Vandalia lake is 8 minutes from campsite.
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1912 Vintage Barn Experience

10 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents6 acres · Niantic, IL
The 1912 Barn is a 110 historic post and beam barn that makes a wonderful backdrop for a night out in the country. Located only 25 minutes from Springfield historic sites and 10 minutes from Decatur, IL this location makes it easy to tour during the day and relax by the camp fire in the evening. Decatur has a mini golf course, splash cove water park, children's zoo and museum, a governor's mansion for tours and 3 museums to visit. Milikin University offers local college level sports. Decatur has a great lake for paddle boarding, boating and fishing with canoe trips down the local Sangamon River. Several local breweries and cute market areas makes Decatur a great place to visit. Take a ride on the trolley and learn out our history. Springfield sites are only a hop and skip away with many things to see and learn. Museums offer great programs and the New Salem Park is a fun day trip with the kids to learn about historic living. Lincoln's sites around in several counties are great to see
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The best camping near Lake Shelbyville guide

Overview

About

There is plenty to do on this large reservoir along the Kaskaskia River in Shelby County. At 11,100 acres, there are tons of coves and inlets for anglers. Swim at one of the public beaches to cool off on a hot day. Launch your boat or rent one for a day on the water.

Get everything you need at three full-service marinas along the lake. From there, take your boat on the water for a leisurely day of sun and fishing. Cast your line for bass, crappie, carp, and sauger.

Play in the sun at five man-made, sandy beaches. Spread out your towel and sunbathe for a few hours, or set up a volleyball net to play a game. The cool, deep water of the lake is the perfect way to take a dip in the summer months.

Head to historic Shelbyville to see the beautiful courthouse. Tour the mansion of Horace M. Tallman while you're there.

Several campgrounds dot the landscape surrounding the lake. RV and tent sites offer varying levels of hook-ups. Some campsites have lake views.

When to go

The ideal time to visit Lake Shelbyville is during the warm summer months when the park is in full bloom and the lake's waters invite you for a swim. Conversely, winter can be less hospitable, with certain areas prone to closure due to inclement weather, making some activities less accessible.

Know before you go

  • Always wear a life jacket when on the water; loaner stations are available around the lake.
  • Check for any closures or updates by calling (217) 774-3951 before your visit.
  • Accessibility varies across different areas of the park; plan accordingly.
  • Day use fees may apply for certain activities and amenities.
  • For camping reservations, call 1-877-444-6777 between 8:30am to 5pm.

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