LaSalle County Parks, Catlin and Shabbona


Catlin Park Alternate Route Map


For further information you can call the park office at 815-434-0518.

Catlin Park

Located at 2650th E. 1251st Road in Ottawa is open to the public at no cost. Catlin Park was donated to the County by the Catlin family with the stipulation that the land always be open to the public so that they may appreciate the land as much as the family who owned it. The 333-acre park features well-organized trail system hosts 14 distinct trails plus numerous connector trails. These trails course throughout the park’s habitat, including its various streams and ponds. The park’s horse trails are also recognized as some of the best trails in the central area. Catlin Park trail map

The park is used by the local schools as a venue for there cross country track teams to compete.

Business Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Park Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Daily
June 1 thru October 31
2650th E. 1251st Road in Ottawa
815-434-0518  Email:


shabbona park monumentShabbona County Park

East 16th Road, North of Harding (Open May – October)Picnic areas, open fields, several shelters (many with electricity) and fishing ponds are featured at this county-owned park on the banks of Indian Creek. The 21st century tranquility sharply contrasts with the bloody, violent clash of cultures that earned the park its place in American history. A monument has been erected in memory of the 16 men, women and children slain by Native Americans in the Indian Creek Massacre. Two teenage sisters who were taken prisoners were released a week later.  The park is named for the Potawatomi Chief Shabbona, who tried to
protect the white settlers. see Shabbona Park history

Business Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Park Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Daily
June 1 thru October 31
4165 E. 16th Road ●  Earlville, IL  60518
(815) 434-0518  Email:


LaSalle County Park Regulations and Rules


Here’s how to get to La Salle County’s two parks

* Catlin Park, 2650th E. 1251st Road, Ottawa, IL — Take Route 71 west from Ottawa (Conversely, east from Starved Rock State Park). Turn south onto East 1251st Road and look for the sign. The park is on the right.

* Shabbona Park, 4165 E. 16th Road ●  Earlville, IL  60518 — Take Route 23 north from Ottawa. Continue north through the Route 23/U.S. 52 intersection onto County Highway 1 (Wesley Freebairn Road). Merge north onto County Highway 22. Follow County Highway 22 north. The park is on the left. There is good signage guiding the way.