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OPOSSUM CREEK, IL

part ofLake Shelbyville, US Army Corps of Engineers
Photo: OPOSSUM CREEK
Status: Closed through Wed May 14 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Opossum Creek Recreation Area has a quiet campground that sits on the western 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:

Opossum Creek overlooks the lake shore and provides plenty of shade. Oak and hickory are the lake region's dominant tree species.

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.

Opossum Creek provides a fishing pond for children age 12 and under with an accessible fishing dock. There are also several other ponds with farmed fish 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:

Most of the campsites have electricity and accommodate both RVs and tents, though there are several tent-only non-electric sites as well.

Flush toilets, showers, a playground and dump station help create a comfortable camping environment.

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 Fishing Dock
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Sites
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Parking Area
  • Pay Phone
  • Playground
  • Ranger 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 group site
  • This campground has first-come, first-served 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):
39.44556, -88.7725
39°26'44"N, 88°46'21"W

From Shelbyville, Illinois, take State Route 128 north for 3.5 miles. Turn right onto County Road 1650 N. Continue nearly a mile to County Road 1880 E. Turn right and travel 0.5 mile to County Road 1600 N. Turn right again and drive one mile into the Opossum Creek facility.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

OPOSSUM CREEK
RR 4 BOX 128B
SHELBYVILLE IL 62565

Phone Number:

Information: (217)774-3951
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