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Oregon - Lowden State Park

1411 N River Rd

One of the most picturesque sites along the Rock River is just north of Oregon in Ogle County. Legend has it that Chief Black Hawk, as he left the area after the Black Hawk War, talked of the beauty of the area and admonished his captors to care for the land as he and his people had. Lowden State Park was established to care for the land and allow visitors to share in the beauty as well. The park serves as a memorial to Gov. Frank O. Lowden, who served Illinois during World War I.

Just north of 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.


Kim Caro

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017
A beautiful campground! Great fire just a quiet getaway. Only gave it 4 instead of 5 simply because there isn't any Ranger talks or programs. If you are looking for a simple camping getaway with a few short trails this place is lovely.

Kuldeep Gaur

Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017
We were here in Lowden State Park for tent camping. It is just 1 hr 30 min drive to west Chicago .This place is more suitable for RVs and is not so good for tent camping. Campsites are very close to each other so it's not the place if you want privacy. There is road next to this park so you will hear traffic sound in night. It's a pretty small park. There was a shop where you can get firewood and essential items. However it took long time to find camp host but they were really helpful. We requested to change our campsite and he helped us immediately. Black hawk Statue is definitely a worth visit which is just 10 min walk away but it was covered for restoration work.

Ivan Price

Monday, Oct. 23, 2017
Love that it was a nice place for me and my wife to get away for the weekend just me and her and nature best time I ever had with her can't wait to do it again

Kenrick Stach

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Sad that they had chief Blackhawk covered because they are trying to save it from falling apart

Adam Sharp

Monday, Oct. 2, 2017
Great park, with the Blackhawk statue. It is covered but still over looks the valley. Has nice walking trails, and a campground Local town also has much carector.

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