Sullivan is an outdoor recreation lovers dream! If your passion is fishing, boating, hunting, mountain biking, camping, agri-tourism....the list goes on and on, you name it you can find it!
Lake Shelbyville is one of the top Midwestern destinations for fisherman. With 11,000 acres and 200 miles of shoreline, Lake Shelbyville offers a multitude of fishing opportunities. Popular game species include catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, muskie, walleye, white bass, and bluegill. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in conjunction with the local Illinois Department of Natural Resources District Fisheries biologist stock walleye or sauger on a yearly basis and manage 16 farm ponds to maintain sizeable populations. The ponds range in size from less than an acre to 27 acres and most are easily accessible by foot.
On a hot summer day, Lake Shelbyville is dotted with boats full of people enjoying the cool lake air. Houseboats, pontoon boats, motorboats, and even sailboats provide a variety of recreational opportunities.
There are a multitude of trails that offer a variety of hiking and biking opportunities in Sullivan and around Lake Shelbyville. Precautions should be taken to stay on the marked path.
Lake Shelbyville offers a wide variety of hunting opportunities! Approximately 12,000 of the 23,000 land acres at Lake Shelbyville are comprised of Oak/Hickory Forests.
For maps of the hiking, biking, and kayak trails click here: mvs.usace.afpims.mil/Missions/Recreation/Lake-Shelbyville/Recreation/Hiking-And-Biking-Trail-Maps/