Sullivan Beach Picnic Shelter

Lake Shelbyville

This day use area is located on northeast shore of Lake Shelbyville in the heart of central Illinois. This facility is a popular location for swimming and picnicking.

There is 1 reservable picnic shelter. This is the only reservable beach picnic shelter on the lake. This shelter has 6 picnic tables, 1 group grill, 1 water hydrant, overhead lights, and 8 electrical outlets. The playground and large parking lot is located next door to the picnic shelter. Down the sidewalk are flushable restrooms with showers and the swimming area.

Need to Know

Natural Features

The day use area overlooks the north end of the lake. 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.

Nearby Attractions

Wood’s Lake is a popular fishing area located just south of the day use area. A couple of miles north is the Forrest W. Bo Wood campground which is one of the largest campgrounds on the lake. The town of Sullivan is located 5 miles north and offers several restaurants to grab a bit to eat.


This area is a public beach and features a large swimming area with several shaded picnic areas perfect for a family cookout or get-together. There is a playground next to the swimming area and picnic shelter.

Contact Information


Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: 217-774-3951

Rental Options

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Driving Directions

From Sullivan, Illinois, go five miles south on State Route 32 to Sullivan Beach Recreation Area. Turn right after crossing the bridge into Sullivan Beach Recreation Area.

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