Chicago’s busy city bustle got your head spinning? Get out for some fresh air at Shabona Lake Campground. With hard-to-beat access to the pristine waters and plenty of forested beauty around, you’ll be filled up with camp vibes in no time. This spot is the perfect base camp to explore the goodness of Mother Nature, with dancing meadows, undisturbed marshlands, and wooded terrain waiting to be explored. Come experience this perfectly unspoiled atmosphere for yourself!
Lodging provided
Bring your own Tents, Vans and truck campers, Trailers, RV & Motorhomes, Cabin
92 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

Snow sports


Natural features you'll find at Shabbona Lake Campground.

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Swimming hole
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Hipcamper Denise
Denise B.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 11th, 2017

Ok in a pinch. We rolled in at 10pm, the party had already started at this strict no alcohol allowed campground. The sites are very close together so our entertainment for the evening was the drunk ramblings of the teenagers next to us. It's wooded and the pitches each have a table and a fire pit but they are not generous with the space you get. There is a nice lake but the restrooms scattered around the grounds are pit toilets. The showers are powerful (4 stalls)but could use a good cleaning. I'm guessing because of the lack of supervision by the camp hosts, many people left food out so we were woken several times by rival gangs of raccoons roaming the grounds stealing what they could. We paid $25 for one night tent camping. Dog friendly

Shabbona Lake Campground
Hipcamper Jessi L.
recommends this listing.
September 27th, 2018
Hipcamper Marisa A.
recommends this listing.
November 10th, 2018
Hipcamper Keith K.
recommends this listing.
February 22nd, 2018
Hipcamper Joe U.
recommends this listing.
December 8th, 2017
Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area
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41.734° N, 88.87° W
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Cabin & Lodging: 4 Sites
(Up to 6 people per site)
Unknown price
Tent / RV / Trailer: 88 Sites
(Up to 4 people per site)

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