The appeal of Lake Shelbyville, IL beckons boating enthusiasts from throughout the Midwest

Recreational boats of all sizes and types can be found on the lake, including houseboats and full-keel sailboats.  Lithia Springs Marina, developed along the lake shore in the lake's namesake town, has been the premier marina on the Lake since its inception. 

FLOOD CONTROL IS THE PRIMARY FUNCTION OF THE LAKE

Water was impounded beginning in the summer of 1970.  In addition to the main dam, construction highlights included recreation areas, land clearing, relocation of utilities, highways and cemeteries, and construction of the 3200 foot long Findlay Bridge.

The Dam stands 110 feet above the bed of the Kaskaskia River 

The Dam stands 110 feet above the bed of the Kaskaskia River 

Flood waters are now trapped and held in the lake to be later released through the Dam in a controlled manner.  Sometimes water is released to aid downstream commercial river navigation as far away as the Mississippi River.  

The Spillway & surrounding area

The Spillway & surrounding area

Seaplane filling up on Gas Dock traveling from Vancouver, Canada to Nashville, TN

Seaplane filling up on Gas Dock traveling from Vancouver, Canada to Nashville, TN

Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival

Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival

Findlay Bridge

Findlay Bridge

Seagulls at the Dam

Seagulls at the Dam

Shoreline in the Fall

Shoreline in the Fall

Lots of open space for Wakeboard tricks

Lots of open space for Wakeboard tricks

At the top of its normal summer pool (elev. 599.7') the lake covers 11,000 acres surrounded by 172 miles of forested and sandy shoreline.  In addition to many recreation opportunities such as campgrounds, beaches, trails, marinas, boat launches, picnic grounds, and areas for the sportsman, the lake provides other benefits.  

VISITORS TO THE LAKE CAN OBSERVE FIRSTHAND THE ABUNDANCE OF WILDLIFE 

Fish and wildlife areas have been created with the purpose of increasing wildlife habitats.  From Illinois' healthiest whitetail deer, to record-breaking muskies, to pelicans migrating South for the winter, the wildlife in and around the shore of Lake Shelbyville is sure to please. 

 

       Pelicans can be seen on Lake Shelbyville during their annual fall migration

       Pelicans can be seen on Lake Shelbyville during their annual fall migration