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Events at Lake Shelbyville


January 20 8th Annual Luminary Walk

General Dacey Trail at Forest Park 6:00-8:00PM Come and enjoy the 500 luminaries on the trail that light up 2.5 miles! Over 150 luminaries will be hanging in the trees.

February 10 Eagle Day

Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center Eagles for Kids: 10-10:30AM; Eagle Talk & Gawk: 11AM-12PM; Birds of Prey: 12:30-1:30PM Presented by Illinois Raptor Center, Decatur, IL.

April 14-15 Shelby County Art Show

Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center 4/14: 3-7PM 4/15: 12-5PM • Enjoy art from middle school aged kids to local Shelby County professional artists—past & present! • Onsite demos.

April 20 Spores N  More!

Visit for schedule of activities!  Biggest & Smallest Mushroom competition—weigh in at the Visitor Center. Winners announced at Mushroom Dinner at Windsor American Legion.

May 10-12 Pack the Park at Coon Creek

Coon Creek Campground • FREE Camping—first come, first served • Enjoy some free camping to kick off the 2018 recreation season! Activities, programs, live music & more!

June 2 Kids Fishing Tournament

Lake Shelbyville Opossum Pond Ages 6 & Under– Register 8:30, Fish 9-9:45AM Ages 7-9 & 10-12— Register at 9:30, Fish 10-11AM; awards ceremony at 11:15AM

June 9 Loop Lake Shelbyville

Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center Check-In: 7:00-8:30AM Tour Beautiful Lake Shelbyville from a bike seat! 3 Routes available based on experience level Hosted by Lake Volunteers Association; Cost for event includes snacks, drinks & event t-shirt.

July 4 Lake Shelbyville Fireworks

Dam West Recreation Area Dusk Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with USACE Lake Shelbyville will host the annual fireworks show on Lake Shelbyville.

July 7 Dog Days of Summer Dog Show

Coon Creek Amphitheater Bring your favorite pooch! Registration-5:30PM Show time-6PM. Dog must be kept on a <6 ft. leash. Prizes available, no cost to enter or attend!

July 22 Clash at the Camp

Camp Camfield Hosted by the Central Illinois Mountain

Bicycling Association (CIMBA)

Illinois State Championship Race Series

August 4 Tom Short 5K

General Dacey Trail—Forest Park Annual 5K event on the trail overlooking scenic Lake Shelbyville! Visit for more information.

August 4 Aquafest

Dam West Beach 12-4PM Spend a beautiful day at the beach for FREE! Inflatables and water safety games for the kids provided by USACE staff & volunteers.

September 14-16 DirtWorx MTB Fest

Lake Shelbyville Join us for a weekend of all things mountain biking—take a self-guided tour of trails Lake Shelbyville has to offer! Live music, bikes, & more!

October 4 Lake Shelbyville Eco-Meet

Camp Camfield Ecological Study Area Area Jr. High & High School Eco-Meet Competition Call (217) 774-3951 X2.

October 5-7 Balloon Fest

Dam West Recreation Area & Shelby County Airport Visit for event status & details.

October 5-7 Youth Deer Hunt

Lake Shelbyville | Okaw Bluff Group Camp Applications for the youth hunt become available in August. Must be less than 16 years during time of hunt, accompanied by an adult, and a resident of Illinois. Call (217)774-3951 X 4.

October 20 & 27 Haunted Trail

General Dacey Trail Join us for this spooky nighttime   adventure! Visit for more details!

December 9 Visit with Santa

Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center 9AM-12PM Santa Claus is coming to the Visitor Center! Enjoy FREE photo with  Santa, crafts & water safety items.

Dec. 15-Jan. 26 Museum on Main

Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center Smithsonian Institute presents Crossroads: Change in Rural America offers small towns a chance to examine their own paths to highlight the changes that affected their fortunes over the past century.

 Memorial Day—Labor Day Tour of Dam

Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays & Sundays Duration: 50-60 minutes | No cost to attend; large groups must call ahead

Memorial Day—Labor Day Tour of Dam


Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays & Sundays Duration: 50-60 minutes | No cost to attend; large groups must call ahead


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