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Eagle Creek State Recreation Area
EAGLE CREEK STATE RECREATION AREA
EAGLE CREEK STATE RECREATION AREA
R.R. 1 Box 198-B
Findlay, Illinois   62534

Phone: 217-756-8260
Reservations: 217-756-8260
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Eagle Creek State Recreation Area

Eagle Creek State Recreation Area

Eagle Creek State Recreation Area

Eagle Creek State Recreation Area

Eagle Creek State Recreation Area

Eagle Creek State Recreation Area

Eagle Creek State Recreation Area

Eagle Creek State Recreation Area

In east central Illinois--just minutes from Springfield, Decatur, Champaign, Effingham and surrounding communities--the Eagle Creek/Wolf Creek sites, facing each other across the central portion of Lake Shelbyville, provide the perfect setting for outdoor recreation, natural relaxation, and luxurious accommodations for a day, a weekend, or even longer.

Four miles southeast of Findlay, the sites encompass 11,100-acres of water, 250 miles of shoreline and large tracts of carefully maintained indigenous woodland ideal for camping, hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, fishing, water skiing, pontoon boating, windsurfing or just plain bobbing and drifting on the glittering expanse of the lake itself.

In addition to the small, friendly wooded campgrounds and the action on the lake, large herds of deer frequent these areas and are always an exciting and inspiring sight.

Portions of the park have been cleared of physical barriers and are accessible to disabled visitors.
History of the Area
Like many other such areas, the Eagle Creek/Wolf Creek sites are perfect examples of the potential benefits of natural resource management. As a means of flood control, water supply and downstream water quality control, the Flood Control Act of 1958 authorized the Shelbyville Reservoir Project, which involved construction of a dam and creation of a lake. These practical necessities, however, would also allow for the actual conservation of fish and wildlife and the development of areas for exciting and varied recreational opportunities.

It was, of course, a monumental undertaking. Before actual work on the dam at Shelbyville could begin, several old mines in the area had to be completely filled in, cemeteries in the path of the planned lake had to be relocated, two gas and oil pipelines and roads rerouted, the old Shelby Power Plant demolished and land cleared and leveled on the west side of the channel which hugs the bluff to the east of the river bottom. Construction of this $56 million project began in May of 1963.

The dam itself is an earthen embankment towering 110 feet above the original stream bed. It's 3,025 feet long with a reinforced concrete, gate-controlled spillway to manipulate the water level and manage the 25,300 acres of its flood control pool.

Most of this work was done by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, and the land is now managed by the State of Illinois on a long-term lease from the federal government which began in 1968. By 1972, the area was open to the public providing primitive camping facilities. In the years since then, the State has purchased additional surrounding lands and made extensive improvements in campground, boat launches, day-use areas and hiking trails that make this a beautiful, well-tended and well-managed natural retreat.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingPrimativeyes
 Electric Sitesyes
WinterActivitiesyes
Camping
There are 56 Class A Reservable sites with electricity, showers, water hydrants, fire blocks and picnic tables. Class B/S, and Class D sites are available but not reservable. The Organized Group Camp area is reservable. The shower buildings are closed by November 1st (may be earlier if bad weather) and reopen May 1st (may be earlier - weather depending).
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Picnicking
The Eagle Creek State Recreation Area, a 2,200-acre site on the west side of Lake Shelbyville, has several fully developed picnic areas--complete with grills, tables, water and sanitary facilities--scattered conveniently throughout the park for the casual day visitor.
Trails
Three marked nature trails are available for tranquil and refreshing sojorns in the forest, as well as a 12-mile backpack trail for the more adventurous hiker and a three-mile cross-country ski trail for invigorating wintertime activity.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
June 15 Relaxing Retreat by Wendy
I live in Decatur and i love to come here for a weekend and sometimes a week. It is very relaxing and not far from Wolf Creek so that we can swim.


Area Campgrounds

Robin Hood Woods Campground
RR 4 Box 16A
Shelbyville, IL
217-774-4222


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