Chief Illini Trail

The Chief Illini Trail is an 11-mile scenic journey along the western edge of Lake Shelbyville.

photo: Chief Illini trail near Lone point. Photo by Mike Mitchell.

Length: 11.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

     Wildlife Observation - Mammals

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Location: Trail runs from Lone Point Recreation Area to Eagle Creek State Park, following the west shores of Lake Shelbyville.
State(s): Illinois
Counties: Shelby
Longitude: -88.73854
Latitude: 39.455599

Driving Directions

Lone Point Recreation Area is located:
1653 N 2175 East Rd. Findlay, IL 62534
GPS Coordinates: 39°27’20.14”N 88°44’18.24”W


This point- to-point trail winds across rolling hills and open prairies offering close-up views of the lake. You may begin the trail at either Lone Point Recreation Area or Eagle Creek State Park. White blazes, post markings, and mile markers make this intermediate level trail easy to follow.
Maps of the Illini Trail as well as other trails at Lake Shelbyville can be located at

Chief Illini Hike Patches

Earn the Chief Illini hike patch by hiking the entire 11 miles.
Earn the Little Chief Illini hike patch by hiking the first two miles of the trail.

To Order, send the following information to:
Order of the Arrow
Chief Illini Trail
262 West Prairie Ave
Decatur, IL 62523

Name: _________________
Address: _________________
Phone: _________________
Unit #: _________________

Qty of Chief Illini Patches (@ $3.00 each): __________
Qty of Little Illini Patches (@ $3.00 each): ___________
+ Postage & Handling: $2.00
Total Enclosed: _________________

*prices are subject to change
*credit card is accepted by phone: 800-416-2328

Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil, compacted
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 34%
Maximum Grade: 58%
Elevation Low Point: 606
Elevation High Point: 695
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Lake Shelbyville US Army Corps of Engineers

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Information Contact:
Philip Manhart
Assistant Operations Manager
US Army Corps of Engineers
Lake Shelbyville
1989 State HWY 16
Shelbyville, IL 62565
(217) 774-3951
[email protected]



Chief Illini Trail near Lone Point. Photo by Mike Mitchell.

Chief Illini Trail near Lone Point. Photo by Mike Mitchell.

Chief Illini Trail where the old road leads. Photo by Jeremiah Osborne.

Chief Illini Trail where the old road leads. Photo by Jeremiah Osborne.


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