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Lowden State Park

1411 N. River Road, Oregon, IL 61061

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One of the most picturesque sites along the Rock River located north of Oregon in Ogle County. Lowden State Park offers, camping & hiking and is home to the iconic Black Hawk statue.

The bluffs are graced with a majestic image of an American Indian gazing over the Rock River Valley. This is no ordinary statue. It is a 50 foot, concrete-reinforced wonder that is awe-inspiring. A tribute to all Native Americans, but more commonly associated with Chief Black Hawk, the statue was designed by sculptor Lorado Taft. You can enjoy many wonderful views of the Rock River from the park, but the best view of the statue is from IL Rt. 2.

The park serves as a memorial to Gov. Frank O. Lowden, who served in Illinois during World War I. Located along the Rock River in Oregon, the bluffs are graced with a majestic image of an American Indian gazing over the Rock River Valley. This is no ordinary statue. It is a 50 foot, concrete-reinforced wonder that is awe-inspiring. A tribute to all Native Americans, but more commonly associated with Chief Black Hawk, the statue was designed by sculptor Lorado Taft. You can enjoy many wonderful views of the Rock River from the park, but the best view of the statue is from IL Rt. 2. While the setting sun seems to bring the statue to life, it is a spectacular view any time of the day and during all seasons.

Hikers can enjoy 4 miles of good foot trails that lead visitors through the natural wonders and beauty of Lowden State Park.

You can enjoy the beauty of Lowden State Park any time of the year, and the picnic areas are open year-round. Conveniently located near the parking lots, the areas include tables, drinking water, park stoves, outdoor toilets, and litter cans.

There are 80 Class A campsites which include electricity, a shower building, and a sanitary dumping station for trailers. Another option is the campground cabin which has two sets of bunk beds, a full-sized bed, and electricity. Reservations are taken for the campsites and cabin at ExploreMoreIL.

Also available, are 38 Class B/S campsites that do not offer electricity, but do have access to showers. For the true wilderness experience, there are 8 Class D primitive hike-in-only campsites.

During the summer, a refreshment stand provides cool drinks, ice, and wood. Contact park staff upon arrival for a camping permit.

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