Activities at Lowden SP


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 which 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. 


Almost 4 miles of good foot trails lead visitors through the natural wonders and beauty of Lowden State Park.

Boating and Fishing

The scenic Rock River flows through 34 miles of Ogle County, with an average midsummer depth of 3 feet. A boat launching ramp and boat docks are located across the river from the park, 1 mile north of the town of Oregon on IL Hwy 2. Motor boaters and water skiers will enjoy all the river has to offer, but swimming is not permitted. Boat fishermen can spend their time catching largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, crappie, channel catfish, northern pike, walleye, bullhead, carp, sucker and drum.

Park Map

Park Map