Lake Shelbyville Area CVB

172 Miles of Shoreline

Lake Shelbyville has 5 federal campgrounds and 2 state campgrounds with over 1,000 campsites from tent camping up to full hookup. There are several recreational areas with picnic areas and pavilions and 2 wildlife management areas. Three public beaches are available for swimming on the lake. The lake also hosts many launching ramps that are available for boats and 3 marinas.

Hiking trails also encompass the lake such as the General Dacey which also includes fitness stations, the Chief Illini trail and others. The General Dacey trail is also open to bicycles as well as Camp Camfield trail. Wolf Creek State Park has a horse camp, where you can bring your own horse for riding the trails and camp. On the east side of the dam is the COE Visitor Center with displays on wildlife, the history of the lake, and information about surrounding communities.

2 Kayak trails and an archery trail is under construction. Beyond the lake boundaries are the communities of Shelby County with lodging, restaurants, shopping and so much more. We also have 3 wineries, a brewery and a whiskey distillery!

Our Destination


Freddie Fry
Executive Director

Shelby County and the boundaries of Lake Shelbyville

Top Attractions

  • Forest Park
  • Aquatic Center
  • Chautauqua Auditorium
  • General Dacey Trail
  • Memorial Sunken Garden
  • Lake Shelbyville USACE offices and visitor center
  • Lake Shelbyville Pickle Ball Sport Complex
  • Lincoln Public Square & Eternal Flame with Soldiers & Sailors Monument and painting in courthouse depicting Lincoln-Thornton debate that launched Lincoln’s national political career- both by local artist Robert Root
  • Thompson Mill Covered Bridge
  • Tower of Baa Goat Tower
  • Chevy Bel Air Museum
  • 3 wineries
  • a distillery and more! .

Info & Stats

IL House Legislative District

IL Senate Legislative Districts

Largest Meeting Facility
Historic Shelbyville Chautauqua Auditorium 2500 person capacity

Number of Hotel Rooms

Primary Source of Local Funding
3% county accommodation tax

Total Tourism Jobs Supported

Regional Tourism Expenditures
$57 million

Lodging Taxes
$11 million

Local Sales Taxes
$4.1 million