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COON CREEK (IL), IL

part ofLake Shelbyville, US Army Corps of Engineers
Photo: COON CREEK (IL)
Status: Open through Sun Oct 12 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Coon Creek is a large campground that sits on the western shore of Lake Shelbyville in the heart of central Illinois.

Families enjoy the playground, swimming area and shaded campsites within the facility. The lake and surrounding land offer outdoor activities for people of all ages, including fishing, swimming, picnicking and simply relaxing.

Natural Features:

This facility overlooks the lake shore and is heavily forested with plenty of shade.

Oak and hickory are the lake region's dominant tree species, and foliage turns a variety of red, orange, purple and yellow each fall, while prairie flowers dot the landscape in spring and summer.

Numerous species of songbirds, shorebirds, waterfowl and raptors inhabit the lake area, as do mammals such as cottontail rabbit, white-tail deer, gray and fox squirrel, muskrat and mink.

Recreation:

Lake Shelbyville offers a multitude of fishing opportunities for catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, muskie, walleye, white bass and bluegill. Coon Creek provides a boat ramp, and for those without a boat, several ponds with farmed fish are available around the lake.

Hunting areas within a short drive offer numerous game species, including quail, rabbit, pheasant, deer, dove, turkey, waterfowl and woodcock.

Visitors can also explore the lake shore on foot via a 0.7-mile nature trail within the facility.

Facilities:

Coon Creek has 199 campsites, about 60 percent of which are reservable. All sites are equipped with electric hookups. The facility has flush toilets, showers, a playground, swimming beach, dump station and boat ramp.

Nearby Attractions:

Wolf Creek State Park, Woods Lake Waterfowl Refuge and Okaw Bluff Wetlands Complex are popular locations for wildlife watching, birding and hunting near Lake Shelbyville.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Pay Phone
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Swimming
Know Before You Go
  • Tent camping is always permitted, but not recommended for some sites
  • This campground has first-come, first-served sites
  • One RV and three tents or four tents per site
  • Two RVs and six tents, or eight tents for double sites
  • The banks are steep and it may be difficult to get to the water from many sites
  • No outside firewood allowed; obtain or purchase firewood at or near your camping destination and burn it on-site; firewood can carry invasive insects and diseases that destroy forests; learn more

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.45139, -88.7625
39°27'5"N, 88°45'45"W

From Shelbyville, Illinois: Go 4.5 miles north of Shelbyville on State Route 128 to County Road 1750 N. Turn right (east) and drive 0.9 miles to County Road 1900 E. Make a left (north) and go 0.35 mile to County Road 1785 N. Turn right (east) and drive 1.75 miles to County Road 2075 E. Turn right (south) and go 1.7 miles to the facility.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

COON CREEK (IL)
RR 4 BOX 128B
SHELBYVILLE  IL  62565-9378

Phone Number:

Information:  (217)774-3951
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