Area Attractions
o Moultrie County Court House
Located at 10 S Main St. It was dedicated in 1906.Ph#217-728-2057.
o Moultrie County Heritage Center
Located at 117 E Harrison St. Access to the museum is free to everyone. Open Saturdays and Mondays from 1-5 and by scheduled appointment.Ph#217-728-4085.
o Ward Museum, Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor at Mason Point
Located at 3 miles away on Highway 121 E. A private collection of items donated to Mason Point by the Ward Family. The collection includes everything from the glass wear to a bear skin rug .The Ice Cream is hand dipped Call in advance 217-738-4394.
o The Little Theatre on the Square.
Located at 16 E Harrison St.Ph#217-728-7375.
o Okaw Valley Orchard
Located at just off of Route 32 Northwest of Sullivan. Come visit this working apple Orchard offering apples, peaches, cider, apple donuts, gift items and a lot more.
o Wyman Park and Tabor Park (Next to the Sullivan Civic Center)
Located on the north end of Sullivan either Main Street or Worth Street to get to Wyman Park. Go North on Worth Street to get to Tabor Park. Wyman Park was established in the will of Albert Wyman in 1912. This beautiful park has playground equipment, a stocked fish pond, tennis courts, basketball courts, and baseball and softball diamonds, a Frisbee golf course, a Kiddie Koral for young children and fishing in the park, as well as covered pavilions and restroom facilities.
picture-024_jpgo Sullivan Civic Center (Adjacent to Wyman Park)
Located 600 N Washington St.Ph#217-728-4541
City owned public indoor pool, Wading pool, Gymnasium, weight room, Saunan and Racquet ball courts, Circuit Training, basketball, water exercises, Stairmasters, Elliptical Machines, Rowing Machine, Swim lesson, Swim Team, Summer park Recreation, Health ways Silver Sneakers Fitness Program, Yoga classes, Fitness Boot Camp, Zumba & Aqua Zumba, and much more call for more information.
Note: Special public swims from 1:00 – 3:00 on March 17 through 21 during Sullivan schools spring break.
o Monument at Historic Lincoln Site
On September 21, 1968, a bigger than life size Lincoln Memorial was unveiled at Wyman Park.
o Buxton’s Garden and Flower Shop
Family owned working farm with a variety of produce, pumpkins, Christmas Trees, flowers and shrubs gifts and more. Locate 121 w Of Sullivan.Ph#217-728-7993
Guest Services
Other nearby Attractions.

o Illinois Amish Country Tour(Sullivan, Arcola, Arthur and Tuscola, )
Amish life styles are far different from the everyday lives most Americans know. The Amish live humbly and simply, dedicating their lives to religious ideals. Nearly 4,500 Amish people populate in Moultrie, Douglas, and Coles counties.
Schedule a Meal in an Amish Home. Amish Tour available: Amish Museum, Countryside, Buggy Shop, Home, Dairy Farm, Woodworking Shop etc.
Amish Museum Located at 125 N CR 425 E, Arcola, IL, Ph#217-268-3599
o Yoder’s Kitchen: Yoder’s kitchen is your premier restaurant in Arthur. Call 217-543-2714
o Scovill Zoo in Decatur, IL (27 miles from Sullivan)
o The Children Museum of Illinois in Decatur, IL
Locate 55 S Country Club Road, Decatur, IL, Ph# 217-423-5
o Lake Land Collage ( Mattoon, IL) ( 17 miles)
o Eastern Illinois University ( Charleston, IL) (27 miles)
o Tuscola Outlet Mall: (32 miles) Tanger Outlets, Corningware Corelle & More, Nike Factory store, rule21, Old Navy Outlet, VF Outlet, Children Place, Couch Factory & More.
o University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: (54 miles)
* Decatur, IL  ( 25 Miles )
* Mattoon, IL ( 15 Miles)
* Effingham, IL ( 30 Miles )
* Champaign – Urbana, IL ( 55 Miles )

o Springfield, IL (66 miles)
o Bloomington, IL (75 miles)
o St.Louis, IL ( 134 miles)
o Chicago, IL ( 199 miles)
o O’Hare Int. Airport, Chicago, IL (214 miles)
o Terre Haute, IN, ( 76 miles)
  • Shelbyville Lake Public Use Recreation Facilities
    o About Lake Shelbyville (217-774-3951)
    The Lake Shelbyville is about 3 miles south from here. Lake Shelbyville is owned and managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Wildlife is managed by the Illinois Department of Nature. The 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 at an elevation of 183 meters. The U.S Army Corps of Engineers maintains and operates a total of eleven recreation areas surrounding Lake Shelbyville, which include five campgrounds, three public beaches, eight primary boat ramps, and six high water boat ramps, two state parks and three marinas. Great opportunities for boating, fishing, fishing tournaments, swimming, water skiing, camping, hiking, picnicking, group picnic shelters, fish cleaning stations, trails, playgrounds, horseback riding and hunting. In the winter, enjoy ice fishing, snowmobiling and cross-county skiing. Private concessionaires lease land for marinas that are located on Lake Shelbyville.
    Lake Shelbyville offers a multitude of fishing opportunities for anglers of all ages. Species include catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, muskie, walleye, white bass, and bluegill. There are 8 primary and 6 high water boat ramps available for boating and fishing.
     Public Use Recreation Facilities:
    o Forrest “Bo” Woods Recreation Area ( CoE) (South of Sullivan, IL on Route 32, 2.6 miles; then West 0.5 mile. For More info call 217-774-3951 & 877-444-6777
    Facilities: Parking area, High water boat ramp, Fish cleaning, shower, flush toilet, sanitary, dump station, water supply, playground, Ranger station, self pay station, wildlife viewing, Laundry facility, picnic shelters, pay phone, fishing, and boating, Amphitheater and Campsites that all provide electric hookups. Baits, tackle, ice, red worms, wax worms, frozen chicken liver, shrimp, shad, gut fishing, boating-fishing stuffs and boat sales and service available on Highway 32 of “Bo” Wood entrance. The name of shop is Chip’s Marine. Number of store is 217-728-2610
    o Wilborn Creek Recreation Area (CoE) (From Sullivan, IL, go West on State Route 121 for 5 miles. Turn left Road 18 and drive 0.75 miles to the camp ground. Info call 217-774-3951.
    Facilities : Boat Ramp with $ 3.00 per day fee, Camping area but no electric hookups, Dock, Drinking water, Fish cleaning station, Fishing, Boating, Flush toilet, shower available nearby beach, swimming, Parking, A volleyball court, playground and nearby swimming beach, fire rings, Grills, pay phone, picnic shelters and beach access.
  • o Sullivan Marina and Campground © ( 3 miles South of Sullivan on Route 32)
  • Boat ramp use just for their camper, but you can call and ask them if they do this now for other people. (For more info call 888-728-7338)
Facilities: Boat Ramp, call for boat rent if they still do, Boat storage, Gas and Oil, Marine Sanit. Pump., Camping, Electric Hookups, Sanitary Dump Station, Shower, Toilets, Water Supply, Playground Equip. and Laundry Facilities.
o Sullivan Beach Recreation Area (CoE) ( about 3 miles South of Sullivan on Route 32, Next to Sullivan Marina ) {cross the bridge and it is right side}
Facilities: Parking area, Shower, Toilets, Water Supply, Playground Equip., Picnic Shelters, Swimming Beach and Picnic Area.
o Findlay Marina © (4 miles South of Sullivan Route 32; then turn right (West) onto County HWY-4 for 9 miles. ( Call for more info 217-756-8595 )
Facilities: Boat Ramp ( call and ask if they allow to use their boat ramp) for Private boat ), Boat Rental, Boat Storage, Gas & Oil, Marine Sanit. Pump, Boat and Motor Sales, Parts and Accessories, Boat Repair, Refreshments, Bait, Guide Service, Slip Rentals.
o Lithia Springs Marina © ( 4 miles South of Sullivan Route 32, Then turn right towards Findlay road County HWY-4 for 13 miles, then turn left onto County HWY -41 f0r 3 miles, then turn right onto walnut st, then end of the road, turn left onto 4th st. The destination is on your right. Call for more info 800-447-4121.
Facilitis: Boat Ramp, Boat rental ( Fishing boat, House boat, Float Boat), Boat Storage, Gas & Oil, Marine Sanit. Pump., Toilets, Water Supply, Picnic Shelters, Picnic area, Subway restaurant, ,The Ship’s store. It offer Live Bait, Ice, snacks, Groceries, Soda, Beer, Fishing Tackle, Boating and skiing accessories, clothing, souvenirs, and many other items. Rental info call 217-774-4121.
o Lithia Spring Recreation Area (CoE)
Facilities : Boat Ramp, Camping, Electrical hookups, Sanitary Dump Station, , Shower, Toilets, water supply, playground equipment, swimming beach, laundry facilities, fish cleaning station, full hookups. More info Call 217-774-3951.
o Eagle Creek State Park ( IDNR ): ( 4 miles South of Sullivan Route 32, then right turn towards Findlay County HWY-4 for 8 miles, then turn left onto S Main St for 3 miles, then the end of the road turn left onto Eagle Creek State Park 1 or 2 miles. More Info call 217-756-8260.
Facilities: 175 car parking area, Boat ramp, Fishing, Hunting, Electric Hookups, Sanitary Dump Stat., Shower, Toilets, Water Supply, Playground Equip.,
Picnic Shelters Nature/Hiking Trails, Fish Cleaning station, Group camp (Res), Picnic Area.
o Wolf Creek State Park (IDNR): 4 miles South of Sullivan Route 32, then turn right towards Findlay County HWY-4 for 4.4 miles, then turn left onto 2500 East 3.8 miles, then destination is on your right after 2.5 miles. Info call 217-459-2831.
Public Use Recreation Facilities Continue.
Wolf Creek State Park Continue….
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Fish Cleaning Station ,Boating, Fishing, Camping, Electric Hookups, Sanitary Dump Stat., Shower, Toilets, Water Supply, Playground Equip, Picnic Shelter, Nature/Hiking Trails, Swimming Beach, Group Camp (Res),Equestrian Trail, Picnic.
The Wolf Creek/Eagle Creek sites, facing each other across the central portion of Lake Shelbyville, provide the perfect setting for outdoor recreation and natural relaxation for a day, a weekend, or even longer.
o Coon Creek Recreation Area (CoE): Go 4 miles South of Sullivan Route 32, then make right turn towards Findlay for 7.7 miles, then turn left onto S Main St, then 3 miles at the end of the road turn right onto county HWY-5, then 0.3 mile turn left onto 2075 East Rd, then 1.2 miles turn right onto Coon Creek Estate Rd.
Facilities: Coon Creek has 207 electric sites of which 125 are reservable, Boat Ramp, Camping, Electric Hookups, Sanitary Dump station, Shower, Toilets, Water Supply, Playground Equip., Nature/Hiking Trails, Swimming Beach, Laundry Facilities, Fish Cleaning Station, Full Hookups.
o Lone Point Recreation Area: Go 4 miles South of Sullivan Route 32, then right turn towards Findlay for 7.8 miles, then turn right onto Wright St, then 2.3 miles turn right onto 2325 N Shelby County Rd, then 0.7 turn left onto 2175 E Shelby County Rd, then go 1 -2 miles.
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Camping, Electric Hookups, Sanitary Dump Stat., Shower, Toilets, Water Supply, Playground Equip., Picnic shelters, Nature/Hiking Trails, Fish Cleaning Station, Group Camp (Res), and picnic area. For Info call 217-774-3951.
o Whitley Creek Recreation Area: Go 4 miles South of Sullivan Route 32 to the Bruce- Findlay road, then 1 mile west to the Whitley Creek Recreation Area sign, then go north 1.25 miles to the campground.
Whitley Creek is only open on weekends and holidays. The gate open at 8pm Sundays (Monday on Memorial Day and Labor Day) For Info call 217-774-3951.
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Fish Cleaning, Toilet Station, Picnic Area, No hookups sites.
o Opossum Creek Recreation Area (CoE): Go 4 miles South of Sullivan Route 32, then right turn towards Findlay Co HWY-4 for7.7 miles, then turn left onto S Main St for 3 miles, then at the end of the road turn right onto County Hwy-5 for 2 miles ,then at the end of the road turn left onto County Hwy-5 for 2 miles, then at the end of the road turn left onto 1600 North Rd 1.9 miles, then the destination is on right after 1.2 miles.
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Fishing cleaning station, Camping, Electric Hookups, Sanitary Dump Stat., Shower, Toilets, Water Supply, Playground Equip.
o Dam West Recreation Area [Day Use] (CoE): The Dam West area is located immediately east of Shelbyville, Illinois. From East Main Street, turn north onto East Road and drive toward the dam. Take a right onto north 9th street into the recreation area.
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Fish cleaning Station, Shower, Toilets, Water Supply, Playground Equip., Picnic shelters, Swimming beach, Picnic area.
o Spillway Recreation Area (CoE) [Day Use]: Spillway is a day use area on the shore of the Kaskaskia River just below the Lake Shelbyville dam.
Facilities: Outdoor activities for people of all ages, including fishing, picnicking, Toilet, Water Supply, playground Equip., picnic shelters, Fish cleaning station.
o Dam East Recreation Area (CoE) [Day Use] : Dam East Use Area sits above the shore of Lake Shelbyville in the heart of central Illinois.
Facilities: Outdoor activities for people of all ages, including fishing, picnicking, Toilet, Water Supply, Playground Equip., Picnic Shelters, Picnic Area.
o Camp Camfield Environmental Study Area (CoE):
Facilities: Picnic Shelters, Nature/Hiking Trails and Picnic Area.
o West Okaw River Wildlife Area (IDNR) :
Facilities: Boat Ramp
Biking :
o General Dacey Trail: Lake Shelbyville provides visitors an opportunity to experience over 50 miles of developed multi-purpose trails on public land. The General Dacey Trail with 10.5 miles of trail currently available with a designated bike route connection to the City of Sullivan.
Boating :
o Sullivan Marina and Campground: call 888 -728-7338 (3 miles south from here.)
o Findlay Marina: Call 217-756-8595 – 13 miles from here.
o Lithia Springs Marina: Call 800-447-4121- 20 miles from here.
Camping :
Federal Camping Facilities: Many campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis The National Recreation Reservation Service (NNRS) accepts reservations for individual sites at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers campground .Reservation may be made in one of three ways.
1. By calling toll free 1-877-444-6777
2. By going to on the Internet
3. In Person at campground fee booths
State Campground Facilities: Reservation of State Parks: Eagle Creek, Wolf Creek and Hidden Springs State Forest must be done online at . Visit the Illinois Department of Natural Resources at Site availability cannot be guaranteed without reservations.
Woolf Creek: R.R. 1 Box 99, Windsor, IL 61957, call 217-459-2831
Eagle Creek: R R 1 Box 198B, Findlay, IL 62534, call 217-756-8260
Group Camps: Group camps at Lone Point and Wilborn Creek open May 15 and close September 2.They can be reserved through NRRS.
• Private Campsites also available. Check Lake Shelbyville website and open the Recreation page for more info.
Golfing: The Lake Shelbyville area boasts numerous fine golfing opportunities within 30 minutes of the Lake.
• Championship golf Courses
Course Holes Phone
Sullivan Country Club 9 217-728-4406
Timber Lake 9 217-797-6496
Deer Trail 9 217-774-3030
Fox Prairie Golf Course 18 217-459-2805
Hickory Point 18 217-421-7444
Lakeshore Taylorville 18 217-824-5521
Meadowview 18 217-258-7888
Moweaqua Municipal 18 217-768-3411
National at Eagle Creek 18 217-756-5555
Oak Terrace 18 217-539-4477
Pleasant Grove 9 217-348-1611
Red Tail Run 18 217-422-2211
Rogala 9 217-235-5518
Scovill 18 217-429-6243
St. Elmo 9 618-829-3390
Hiking :
Coon Creek, Camp Camfield Trail, Okaw Bluff Trail, Chief Illini Trail, Little Chief Illini Trails, Eagle Creek Trails, Hidden Springs Trails.
• Horseback Riding :
Wolf Creek riding Stables-Closed
Open April-November
Guided Trail Rides
The stables are closed, but you can still bring your own horse and ride the trails and/or camp with your horse. You can bring your own horses or rent one of ours.
• Coyote Creek stables – Sigel
• Far View Stables – Shelbyville
• Owens Top of the Hill Horses – Tower Hill 5 miles from Shelbyville
217-567-3199, 217-273-3199
Indoor/outdoor, all ages, rain or shine
• Hunting
Approximately 12,000 of the 23,000 land acres at Lake Shelbyville are forested. Oak and hickory are the dominant species. The remaining land acres are open or brush covered. Game species available for hunting include Dove, quail, rabbit, pheasant, whitetail, deer, grey and fox squirrel, wild turkey, fox, coyote, raccoon, woodcock, and waterfowl.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources manages the Shelbyville Widlife Area, located in two unites, the Kaskaskia Unit and the West Okaw Unit. Both are located in the northern ends of the lake.
Shelbyville Wildlife Area located along the Kaskaskia and West Okaw Rivers near Sullivan, the Lake Shelbyville Fish and Wildlife Management Area offers some of the best hunting, river fishing and nature study opportunities in the state.
Buy online hunting license go to . Some location near here, they also sale deer Hunting license.
• Sullivan Ace Hardware : (Just 0.5 mile north side of the motel on Route 32)
[435 S Hamilton St, call 217-728-4100]
• Sullivan Marathon gas station: (Go 1 mile on Route 32 north, then make left on 121 W 0.5 mile.[1107 W Jackson St, call 217-728-9600]
• TNT Transfers: (Go 1 mile on route 32, then make right after Fire Station. (8 E Harrison St, 217-728-7201)
• Chip’s Marina : (Go 2.5 miles south on Rote 32, make right on ‘Bo’ Wood entrance.[1068 CR 1025N, call 217-728-2610]
• Findlay Marina: R R 1 Box 136, Findlay, IL call 217-756-8595[12 miles]
• Shelbyville wildlife MGMT [R R 1 Box 42A,Bethany, IL call 217-665-3112
* Howys Lakeside Gas Station : 3.5 Miles South on Route 32
Swimming: There are 3 public beaches at Lake Shelbyville.
o Sullivan Beach : ( 3 miles South on Route 32)
o Wilborn Creek Recreation Area : ( Near Kirkville)
o Dam West Recreation Area : 9 th Street in Shelbyville
Fishing and Hunting Stuff Available At :
Ace Hardware Store, Chip’s Marina, Howy’s Lake Side, some Gas station stores in Sullivan.
*Lake Shelbyville Fishing Guide Service.
Steve’s an accomplished writer, seminar speaker, Ranger Pro Staff member and touring Crappie U.S.A. Pro. Steve has won numerous crappie tourneys both locally and on professional trail. Steve has over 30 years experience on Shelbyville and nearly 20 as a professional guide. Steve will guide you for crappie, walleye and white bass. He is fully licensed and insurance.
For your trip, Fees and more information please contact him.
Steve Welch: 217-762-7257 or 217-840-1221, email: website:
* Boat Ramps and Fish Cleaning Stations
• “Bo” Wood: (Go South on Route 32, 2.6 miles: then West 0.5 mile)[Fish cleaning st]
• Sullivan Marina: ( South of Sullivan, on Route 32, 3.0 miles)
• Whitley Creek Recreation Area(6 miles)[Fish cleaning station available[
• Wilborn Creek: ( 6-8 miles)[Fish cleaning St.]
• Findlay Marina(13 Miles)
• Wolf Creek State Park(14 miles) [Fish cleaning St.]
• Eagle Creek State Park (16 miles) [Fish cleaning St.]
• Lone Point(16 miles) [Fish cleaning St.]
• Coon Creek:(16 miles) [Fish cleaning St.]
• Lithia Springs Recreation Area(20 miles)[Fish cleaning St.]
• Lithia Springs Marina(20 miles)
• Opossum Creek(22 miles)[Fish cleaning St.]
• Dam West(9th St Shelbyville)[Fish cleaning St.]
• West Okaw River Wildlife Area(IDNR)
• Kaskaskia River Wildlife Area(IDNR)