Lowden State Park RV & Campground Guide

Illinois

For those who love hunting, metal detecting, and camping, Lowden State Park is an ideal destination in northern Illinois. Many travelers head here just to get a view of the grand statue of Chief Black Hawk. However, this forested park also has lots of great hiking trails and spots to view wildlife. Lowden State Park is located next to the city of Oregon and within 20 miles of Mount Morris and Ashton.

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Weather
Spring 38-61 F
Summer 57-79 F
Fall 51-74 F
Winter 17-33 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Lowden State Park

Camping in your RV near Oregon, Illinois, is a great way to enjoy the outdoors but have all the comforts of home. Be sure to get the best rental that fits your needs at RVshare.

River Road Camping

If you want a campground with ongoing activities and a large lake for fishing, stay at River Road Camping. Rates are $54 per night and include water, electricity, and swimming inside of the heated pool. Fish species commonly found in Rock River include Catfish, Bass, and Northerns. Bait and supplies are available for purchase, so it is not the end of the world if you forgot your tackle box and pole. Amenities include:

  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Fishing supplies
  • Movie nights
  • Full activity schedule

Lake Ladonna Family Campground

Lake Ladonna is a campground that is targeted for kids and families. There is a rope swing where you can swing out onto the lake from the dock above. Volleyball nets are available for those who want to get a bit of exercise in while camping, and there is even a beach on the campgrounds. There are a variety of options to pick when you camp here. You can stay in your RV, rent a cabin for the weekend, or be transported back to your boy scout or girl days when you had to stay in a tent. Rates for an RV campsite is $55 daily, and this includes up to six people. If you have additional campers, there is an additional $10 charge for each individual. Amenities include:

  • Basketball court
  • Volleyball court
  • Cabins

RV Rentals Near Lowden State Park

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Restaurants

What to Do at
Lowden State Park

Inside Lowden State Park

At Lowden State Park, you can enjoy everything from hiking and boating to looking for metal or skiing during the winter months. The park has 80 RV campsites, with some offering easy access to electricity and showers. Those who plan to spend time on the river should expect to see an abundance of fish life on their lines. Largemouth bass, bluegill, and sunfish are only three of the types of the many species of aquatic life that live in the river.

Outside Lowden State Park

Although the population may be less than 4,000, Oregon, Illinois, offers a lot to visitors. You will find a close-knit community with good schools, great parks, and some of the tastiest restaurants found in northern Illinois. There are also plenty of other great attractions in the area. 

Restaurants

Jay's Drive-In

At Jay's Drive-In, diners will feel as though they were transported back in time to the 50s when drive-in restaurants were the rage. Featuring good old American classics like burgers, hot dogs, and shakes, the restaurant is truly authentic in feel. Dining options include indoors where you can eat while listening to music playing from the jukebox, out on the patio, or you can just hang out in your car, and they'll bring it to you.

Type: Diner

Location: 107 W. Washington St., Oregon, IL 61061

Spring Valley Family Restaurant

Spring Valley Family Restaurant is another spot to get some burgers and fries. They also sell fish and chips and are open seven days a week.

Type: American

Location: 300 E Washington St., Oregon, IL 61061

The Road House

The Road House is a great stop for those who aren’t afraid of ghosts. Back in the early 1930s, it was once the site of a speakeasy, and as far back as the late 1800s was also once a general store. Paranormal researchers have visited the site and found evidence of hauntings. Besides giving haunted tours of their restaurant, diners can sit down in the least haunted areas and enjoy a good burger or sandwich while they wash it down with an ice-cold drink.

Type: Casual Dining

Location: 807 S 7th St., Oregon, IL 61061

Blackhawk Steak Pit

Blackhawk Steak Pit is best for dinner time. The menu items featured include alligator tail, fresh seafood, juicy rib-eye steaks, and a variety of chops. For the youngsters, if they want grilled cheese or burgers, there's that option too.

Type: American

Location: 1429 IL-2, Oregon, IL 61061

Bela’s Café

Bela’s Café is a breakfast and lunch spot located in Oregon, Illinois. They open up daily at 5 a.m. and serve food until 2 p.m. Although you have to be an early riser to eat their delicious breakfast, specifically their well-known Swedish pancakes, it's something you will be glad you did. Reviews about this restaurant are in the five-star range and looking at the photos on their websites, it's pretty obvious why.

Type: American, Swedish

Location: 317 W. Washington St., Oregon, IL 61061

Shopping

Merlin's Greenhouse & Flower's

Merlin’s isn’t just any old flower shop. Serving the Oregon, Illinois, area for over 30 years with all of their floral needs, they have expanded into selling gourmet foods, jewelry, and handbags. The floral arrangements are exquisite, and they deliver and ship their flowers throughout the United States.

Location: 300 Mix Street, Oregon, IL 61061

Free Spirit Vintage

This is an antiques and collectibles store. You never know what you will find at Free Spirit Vintage. A lot of items come from small business owners, so when you shop here, you are supporting the local and small artists in the Oregon, Illinois, area and beyond.

Location: 201 North 3rd Street, Oregon, IL 61061

Simply Home

This shop is a great jewel in Oregon. Simply Home sells home furnishings and décor so you can add a bit of you in your home atmosphere.

Location: 300 W. Washington Street, Oregon, IL 61061

Oregon Soap Shoppe

The owner of this shop combines nursing, chemistry, and science knowledge to make homemade soap formulas that not only clean the skin but also help with certain skin conditions. Oregon Soap Shoppe has a long list of available products for sale, and because of their close relationships with their neighbors in the city of Oregon, they have a great reputation and are the go-to spot for itchy or patchy skin.

Location: 91C S. Daysville Road, Oregon, IL 61061

Hazel's Café, Coffee, & Chocolates

For your coffee and cookie needs, Hazel's Café has you covered. They sell chocolate-covered Oreo's which is one of their popular items. They are open daily until 5:00 p.m.

Location: 307 W. Washington St., Oregon, IL 61016

Sightseeing

Billy Barnhart Museum

The Billy Barnhart Museum is located at the Conover Square Mall. Here you will learn about Billy Barnhart and learn about the various types of farming equipment.

Location: 201 N 3rd St., 2nd Floor, Suite #141857, Oregon, IL 61016

Nachusa Grasslands

If you've never seen bison in real life, here's your chance to. The Nachusa Grasslands sits on 1500 acres where bison roam freely. It's best to bring binoculars and keep in mind, visitors are not permitted to enter the fenced-in area.

Location: 2075 Lowden Rd., Franklin Grove, IL 61031

Chana School Museum

This school was built in the year 1883 and has two rooms. It is much different from our modern-day schools. Although it has been relocated from its original location, everything else has been preserved, so check out the Chana School Museum when you're in town.

Location: 201 N. River Rd., Oregon, IL 61061

Franklin Creek Grist Mill

The current Franklin Creek Grist Mill is a reconstruction of the original one, but that doesn't make in any less interesting. The water wheel weighs over 8000 pounds and is five feet wide. This is the only grist mill in Illinois that is powered by water.

Location: 1893 Twist Rd., Franklin Grove, IL 61031

Granny's Berries

Pick your own berries as you walk through the patch looking for the best varieties. Granny's Berries is family-owned and is in Rochelle, which is only a 25-minute drive from the city of Oregon.

Location: 3405 S. White Rock Rd., Rochelle, IL 61068

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How to Get to
Lowden State Park

If you are traveling west on I-88, take exit I-39 north for five miles until you get to exit 104. Take route 64 west for 16 miles to Oregon. Take a right on River Road, and from there, Lowden State Park is two miles down the road.

Entering Lowden State Park

Lowden State Park is open all year.

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