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Lowden State Park

1411 N River Rd, Oregon, IL 61061-9450
+1 815-732-6828
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Picturesque and Quiet

We didn't get to see the Blackhawk statue which was apparently getting a cleaning/facelift and was... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lisa P
via mobile
Always love this park

Definitely wet in the spring for camping but a great get away place. Always good to visit the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sycamore, Il
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Best known as home to the statue "Eternal Indian," this park is set on high bluffs along the Rock River.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1411 N River Rd, Oregon, IL 61061-9450
+1 815-732-6828
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We didn't get to see the Blackhawk statue which was apparently getting a cleaning/facelift and was tarred but it was still a very pretty hike. Those steps to the river edge though - wow - those are a killer. Bring water and use the benches...More

Thank Lisa P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely wet in the spring for camping but a great get away place. Always good to visit the Blackhawk statue too!

Thank Peanutprettybird
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

We drove 45 minutes out of our way to Lowden State Park to see the giant (50 feet tall) Blackhawk statue. But it was covered in tarp and looked like a giant condom. It's also nearby a nuclear plant which made us a bit nervous....More

1  Thank Bonnie T
Reviewed 1 May 2017

Home of the Blackhawk Statue overlooking the Rock River in Oregon IL. A small park with picnic and camping areas in a pleasant surroundings.

Thank Phillip G
Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

Easy day trip​ and hiking location with easy trails. The American Indian Statue by Lorado Taft is currently undergoing some fairly serious and long overdue repairs. The statue is covered head to concrete toe with rope bound plastic, so don't expect to see this.

Thank Tim M
Reviewed 19 April 2017

When I saw the statue from the other side of the river (in Oregon), I thought they might have painted the statue. But it has a new dark plastic wrap while it awaits funding from the deadlocked government of Illinois.

Thank Robert W
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Just do it. Your legs will hate you afterwards but you won't regret it! There are benches up and down the entire way so you can rest whenever you need to.

1  Thank gina208
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Great state park. Is one of the smaller state parks in IL, but has a beautiful setting along the Rock River. Trails to hike down to the river and a great overlook to view the Rock River Valley. The statue honoring the American Native Indian...More

1  Thank tbunga
Reviewed 11 January 2017

If you are in the Oregon Illinois area then Lowden State Park is a MUST stop and visit kinda place. Blackhawk Statue is amazing and the view over looking the river from the base of the statue is breathtaking. And the Bald Eagles in the...More

Thank CodyJennifer P
Reviewed 16 December 2016

Aside from the statue overlooking the Rock River, this is just a run-of-the-mill Illinois State Park--which is to say that you can't even sit around in your own campsite with a can of beer or a glass of wine. In my opinion, Illinois State Parks...More

1  Thank GoneOffTheGrid
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I was thinking of coming to see the Blackhawk Statute this weekend (June 10 2016) is it still under a tarp and/or construction? Thank you.
6 June 2016|
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Response from Scott W | Reviewed this property |
I am pretty sure still under a tarp, I would try calling Lowden State Park at 1-815-752-6828 to find out how much longer the repairs will be.
Debbie C
Is the statue under construction?
1 October 2015|
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Response from Theresa O | Reviewed this property |
Sounds like Zack Knew the answer , This makes me happy to see that they are working on this beautiful statue. Hopefully you can came next year to see what repairs are made. I was sad to see that the statue needed repairs... More
Is the statue still covered with a tarp?
1 June 2015|
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Response from Robert W | Reviewed this property |
Yes. It now has a dark black plastic cover held down by many ropes.