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FORREST W. BO WOOD, IL

part ofLake Shelbyville, US Army Corps of Engineers
Photo: FORREST W. BO WOOD
Status: Open through Sat Oct 25 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Forrest W. ''Bo'' Wood Recreation Area has a large campground on the northern shore of Lake Shelbyville in the heart of central Illinois.

The lake and surrounding land offer outdoor activities for people of all ages, including fishing, swimming, picnicking and simply relaxing.

Natural Features:

This facility lies on the shoreline with a steep descent down to the water. Oak and hickory forests offer plenty of shade.

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.

The campground has a boat ramp for easy access to the water, and for those without a boat, several ponds with farmed fish are available around the lake.

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

Facilities:

Bo Wood is a large facility with more than 140 campsites that all provide electric hookups. For those without RVs, there are several tent-only sites. The campground has flush toilets, showers, a playground, dump station and a high-water 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
  • Amphitheater
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Cleaning Stations
  • Flush Toilets
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Parking Area
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Ranger Station
  • Self Pay Station
  • Showers
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Tent camping is always permitted, but not recommended for some sites
  • One RV and three tents, or four tents per site
  • Two RVs and six tents, or eight tents per double site
  • The banks are steep and it may be difficult to get to the water from many sites
  • The adjacent Forrest W. ''Bo'' Wood Day Use Area offers a reservable picnic shelter and individual picnic 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
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.55139, -88.62222
39°33'5"N, 88°37'20"W

From Sullivan, Illinois, take State Route 32 south for two miles to the Forrest W. ''Bo'' Wood sign, then turn right and drive a half-mile to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

FORREST W. BO WOOD
RR 4 BOX 128B
SHELBYVILLE  IL  62565-9378

Phone Number:

Information:  (217)774-3951
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