Lake Shelbyville


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Expert: Lake Shelbyville fish habitat disappearing

Shelbyville Daily Union

Date: 4/27/2017 5:45:00 PM

State and lake officials have told area fishermen and representatives of fishing organizations that a grand undertaking needs to happen to reverse the stark loss of fish habitat in Lake Shelbyville. Mike Mounce, of the Illinois Department of Natural

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Jackson: Illinois has outdoor treasures beyond Mag Mile

Daily Herald

Date: 4/27/2017 2:41:00 PM

Yes, the new television commercials touting the various family-oriented activities in the state seem to have suspiciously avoided any mention of fishing fun on places like Lake Kincaid or Lake Shelbyville. No doubt that if the setting sun hits the Chicago

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Anglers bundle up to compete on Lake Shelbyville Saturday

Shelbyville Daily Union

Date: 4/24/2017 10:40:00 PM

In a relentless 20 mph wind on Saturday, about 200 bundled up fishermen motored across Lake Shelbyville for bass. The fishermen said the weather conditions, and the lake's low water level, complicated the day's competition. But some were still successful

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Artists win honors at art show

Herald & Review

Date: 4/22/2017 1:32:00 AM

SHELBYVILLE – Dan Modzelewski of Shelbyville won overall best of show for his pastel, “Prima Ballerina,” in the 51st Annual Shelby County Art Show in April at the Lake Shelbyville Visitor's Center. He also won Adult People’s Choice award for his

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One-Of-A Kind Adventures Await In Land Of Lincoln

West End World

Date: 4/21/2017 6:19:00 PM

A Family Fest music and art festival is also held that weekend at Lake Sara. For water recreation, check out Lake Shelbyville, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lake, for camping, boating, hiking, swimming and more. The lake has been touted as one of the best

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• Surface Area: 11,000 Acres
Lake Shelbyville is a reservoir located in Shelby County, Illinois and Moultrie County, Illinois created by damming the Kaskaskia River at Shelbyville, Illinois. The lake's normal surface pool is 11,100 acres (44.9 km2) at an elevation of 183 meters (600.4 ft). The area that surrounds the lake is the Shelbyville State Fish and Wildlife Area. The lake is managed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the wildlife is managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
$57 million was appropriated for the dam and lake project. Ground breaking on the dam occurred May 4, 1963. Filling of the reservoir began August 1, 1970. The lake was officially dedicated September 12, 1970. The dam is 3,025 feet (922.0 m) long and 108 feet (32.9 m) tall with normal pool height 17 feet (5.2 m) below the top.

Bordering the lake are two state parks: Wolf Creek State Park and Eagle Creek State Park; and five federal campgrounds including Coon Creek, Opossum Creek, Lithia Springs, Lone Point and Forest (Bo) Woods. There is also Wilburn Creek and Whitley Creek Recreational Area. Lake Shelbyville's shoreline is heavily wooded and subject to severe erosion. Man-made beaches are located at Dam West (Shelbyville), Wilborn Creek, Wolf Creek State Park and Sullivan Beach. Aside from the main channel of the lake are many coves, perfect for fishing. The lake is deeper than other major lakes in Illinois, so it is popular with boaters during the summer.
There are full-service marinas, resorts and campgrounds on the lake. There are three full service marinas in business: Findlay, Lithia Springs and Sullivan Marina. Findlay Marina is located north of Marker 5 just past the bridge on the west side of the lake. Sullivan Marina and Campground is located 4 miles south of Sullivan and includes hotel suites. Lithia Springs Marina is located on the southern end of the lake.
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