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Shabbona Lake State Park

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Address: 4201 Shabbona Grove Rd, DeKalb, IL 60550-4150
Phone Number: +1 815-824-2106
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We enjoy going to Shabbona Campground every year Columbus Day weekend. There's not any swimming, so we enjoy coming here in the cooler months. The shower houses aren't great. One... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 October 2016
Amy H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

We enjoy going to Shabbona Campground every year Columbus Day weekend. There's not any swimming, so we enjoy coming here in the cooler months. The shower houses aren't great. One of the showers wasn't putting out any hot water, which was a little annoying. Staff is usually friendly.

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Gurnee, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

My family and I went here for the weekend to camp. We stayed for 2 nights and 3 days. We were able to reserve the campsite weeks in advanced. They asked us what we preferred and we preferred to be near the bathrooms. So we did end up getting a campsite that was sort of near a bathroom. We were... More 

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Chicago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Hiking is great at this State Park---woodlands and lake side. Boaters and fishing enthusiasts with be happy to spend the day here participating in their favorite pursuits. Camping is available as well as a popular restaurant and small store on site. There are hotels in the area, too.

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Thank dekalbill
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

The only thing I don't like about this lake is that there is no swimming allowed. Other than that it's a nice place to relax & fish.

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Thank deeinwi
DeKalb, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

I was first to the park for a wedding. It was a gorgeous summer day with wildflowers in full bloom and the lake visible beyond the pastor and couple. It is a local spot for fishing from shore or boat. Nice trails, none too challenging, mostly an outdoor stroll.

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Homer Glen, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016

Scenic park that seems hours away from the hustle and bustle of the city. About an hour west of Chicago is this gem. A day here will rejuvinate the soul or a romantic nature visit. The trails are well marked and you can choose the length. Many beautiful places for a romantic picnik or a family outing.

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1 Thank Edward M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016 via mobile

Nice Park for a quick drive through or a nice place for a hike and a picnic. Pretty Lake and nice facilities.

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Thank Richard P
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2015

It was an unusually warm November 4th day (71 degrees), so we decided to explore the trails at Lake Shabbona. First time for us. The main trail was wide, and quite level. The trees were still beautiful for this time of the year. Some oaks still had plenty of brown-red leaves on them. The low bushes were still bright green.... More 

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DeKalb, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2015

Shabbona park is probably not unique, but it is a pleasant park, with a large pond, favored by geese, ducks and the occasional beaver, and sometimes visited by swans. there are many pleasant walking paths, including around the lake. the lake is popular with fishermen/women, but they are quiet and so birdwatching and fishing are very compatible. hiking is popular... More 

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Park City, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

I went there with a friend and it was a nice clear sunny day and the concession stand is great and especially and with the totem on the patio.

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