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Shabbona Lake State Park, DeKalb

Categories: Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.2/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web
Enjoy the great outdoors, fishing, hiking, eating, hunting and hiking.

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  • 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 nea...  read more »
  • 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...  read more »
  • 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. 
  • I can't say much for the campsites as I didn't camp but did a one day fishing trip instead. Fishing is great if you can get out on a boat. Beware to those that canoe or kayak because the fishing boats and pleasure boaters own this lake. Not much luck for bank fishing, very thick lake weeds surround the lake. The bathrooms were beyond DISGUSTING ! You literally need to hold your breath and pray you don't catch a disease. Fishermen dumping rotten liver containers down the toilet pit. The level of toxins coming out of the bathrooms is unbearable.
  • I'm mad at everyone here that gave good reviews. I believed them, dragged my entire family out to this place, and was met with utter disgust and disbelief. This isn't camping! "Here, put your tent 5 feet from these 3 stranger's tents,just like they did. $25 please." Ridiculous. So crowded together. An entire, huge state park, but only half an acre of crowded,gravel campsites for 100 families. Someone actually praised this place for how clean the bathroom was? Yeah right. It's better to go in the woods. You're lucky if you don't choke on a fly while you're gasping for air in these concrete Porta potties. We left after 5 minutes. Then they were rude when I asked for a refund as they acted like they were surprised. But they knew... If you want real camping, this ain't the place. This must be what people in Chicago think camping is. If I can see someone else's tent, that's not camping. But this was way too extremely cramped and disgusting. If I could give one tenth of a star I would.
  • Great park with a large lake and trails. I would say anything makes it particularly exceptional though. It's a great place to go for a run.
  • Bathrooms by the boat ramps are horrible. Someone wiped feces around the top of the men's toilet and it smelled awful to the point I almost threw up. Fishing was bad. One catfish while hunting for gills and crappie.
  • Beautiful state park. Nice campground. Stayed in one of the cabins. Very satisfied.
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