Set on Lake Shelbyville, Eagle Creek State Park is a fantastic place to soak up the Illinois sunshine. The park is a gateway to the 11,000-acre reservoir, where you can cool off at the sandy swimming areas, launch a kayak, and reel in freshwater fish. Eagle Creek holds special appeal for golfers, with a scenic lakeside course located within the park.
Planning a road trip through the Prairie State? Book an RV in Shelby County and you can enjoy a lakeside getaway to Eagle Creek State Park. When you've had your fill of fishing, paddling, stargazing, and golfing, why not extend your road trip to discover other Illinois recreation areas like the Shawnee National Forest and Starved Rock State Park? If you're traveling cross-country, add some of the Midwest's jewels, like Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan and Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota, to your itinerary.
Lake Shelbyville is the main event at Eagle Creek State Park and provides a picturesque backdrop for swimming, boating, and fishing. There's a ramp for launching larger boats like water skis and pontoons, or you can simply head down to the sandy shoreline to launch a canoe or kayak. Developed picnic areas dot the shoreline and feature tables, grills, and water faucets.
Hundreds of tributary streams flow into Lake Shelbyville, making it a paradise for anglers. Cast a line and you could reel in black and white crappie, largemouth bass, walleye, catfish, bluegill, muskie, bullhead, carp, and sunfish. A trio of nature trails meander through the park and showcase the lush forests and beautiful lakeshore. For a longer hike, lace up your boots and hit the Illini Trail, which stretches for 11 miles along the banks of Lake Shelbyville.
Within the park, Eagle Creek Golf Course features emerald green fairways and beautiful views of Lake Shelbyville. Lessons with the club pro are a fantastic way to refine your technique. If you like to hunt, the 785-acre Eagle Creek Wildlife Area is a good place to target rabbit, squirrel, and quail. Other activities that are popular with Eagle Creek State Park campers include archery, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.
Camping at Eagle Creek State Park
The Eagle Creek State Park Campground offers a unique chance to sleep on the shores of Lake Shelbyville. Choose from 103 reservable sites shaded by oak and hickory trees. All sites feature picnic tables and fire rings for enjoying your meals outdoors. You'll love frying up bacon and eggs in the morning and roasting s'mores around the fire after the sun goes down. Most sites feature 30-amp electrical hookups, though a handful offer 50 amp connections. Like most state park RV campgrounds in Illinois, Eagle Creek provides access to restrooms, showers, and a dump station.
The largest sites can accommodate RV rentals of up to 47 feet long, making Eagle Creek State Park a good option for small to medium-sized rigs. Dogs are also welcome to camp at Eagle Creek State Park, so browse the selection of pet-friendly camper rentals near Eagle Creek State Park and start packing for your trip. Looking for more choice? On the east banks of Lake Shelbyville, Wolf Creek State Park maintains more than 300 Class A sites and is just ten minutes from Eagle Creek.
Exploring the Area
RV camping at Eagle Creek State Park is a great opportunity to get to know Shelby County. Within this pocket of the Prairie State, you'll find gems like a family-owned vineyard set on a 150-year old farm. Be sure to sample award-winning wines like the Legacy white, Sunset blush, and Harvest red. For an authentic taste of Illinois, head to the local farmers' market in Shelbyville to stock up on fresh produce, homemade baked goods, and other goodies. If you'd like to know more about the wildlife and history of Lake Shelbyville, head over to the visitors' center situated on the east side of the reservoir.
All the RV camping basics can be found in the town of Findlay, a five-minute drive from the park. For more choice, head to nearby cities such as Decatur, Champaign, and Effingham. Springfield, the Illinois state capital, offers a good selection of motorhome rentals near Eagle Creek State Park. Another option is starting your trip in Chicago, three and a half hours north. As well as a huge range of rental RVs, the Windy City is also home to iconic attractions like Millennium Park, Willis Tower, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Sports aficionados will jump at the chance to watch the Chicago Cubs hit home runs at Wrigley Field.