Shelbyville State Fish and Wildlife Area

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Park Rule: On Leash
Restroom: Yes
Park Size: Large
Small Dog Area: No
Fee: None
Description

Shelbyville State Fish and Wildlife Area has 6,200 acres of outdoor area for visitors to enjoy. Over the wide space, the park features a variety of mixed habitats, including forests, prairies and grasslands, wetlands, rivers, streams, and more. Shelbyville State Fish and Wildlife Area features a variety of trees like oak, hickory, hard and soft maple, cottonwood, sycamore, and willow.

This natural wonder also has wildlife including more than 200 species of birds, rabbits, white-tail deer, foxes, squirrels, raccoons, muskrat, opossum, and even mink. The park offers plenty of opportunities for hunting and trapping. Some of the best hunting and fishing in the state can be found at Shelbyville State Fish and Wildlife Area. 

Use caution and be sure to follow any relevant regulations and have all necessary permits. The 11,000-acre Lake Shelbyville averages around 16 feet deep and features 250 miles of scenic, wooded shoreline with lots of coves, inlets, islands, and peninsulas. The lake features six boat launch areas in the wildlife areas. 

Larger boats may require launching at other nearby marinas or Corps of Engineers sites. Anglers at Shelbyville State Fish and Wildlife Area may catch walleye, white bass, crappie and channel catfish in the streams and rivers. Boats are welcome, but only at no-wake speeds. 

At the six ponds scattered around the wildlife management areas, fishers can catch largemouth bass, bluegill, red ear, and channel catfish. The trails at Shelbyville State Fish and Wildlife Area are focused on allowing the observation of wildlife habitats and enjoy a leisurely walk through different kinds of natural communities. 

Shelbyville State Fish and Wildlife Area is open all year-round. Because of the focus on hunting and fishing, the park has no camping, picnicking, or day-use facilities. Leashed pets are welcome at Shelbyville State Fish and Wildlife Area. Be respectful of park rules and wildlife. 

Do not let your dog bother other visitors to the park or wild animals and clean up all pet waste. If you enjoy hunting, fishing, or just want to spend some time observing nature, bring your pup and your family to Shelbyville State Fish and Wildlife Area. You will truly enjoy yourself.

Address
562 State Hwy 121
Bethany, IL 61914
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Address
562 State Hwy 121
Bethany, IL 61914
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset