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Lowden State Park

1411 N River Rd, Oregon, IL 61061-9450
+1 815-732-6828
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Very disappointed

We came to the park for Labor Day and we were from out of town and we did not know that the statue... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Erin G
via mobile
Camp, hike and fun

This is a cool place to go. Lots to see and explore too. The camp ground gets a bit full on the... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2017
Oregon, Illinois
via mobile
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Best known as home to the statue "Eternal Indian," this park is set on high bluffs along the Rock River.
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good30%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“lorado taft” (6 reviews)
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1411 N River Rd, Oregon, IL 61061-9450
+1 815-732-6828
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came to the park for Labor Day and we were from out of town and we did not know that the statue was still wrapped up. Very disappointed that this has been wrapped up like this for 3 years and people travel to see...More

Thank Erin G
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

This is a cool place to go. Lots to see and explore too. The camp ground gets a bit full on the weekends but it's still a great place to stay.

Thank kdk9
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

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...More

Thank Kuldeep7
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

Grounds were well kept but the main attraction is covered in black plastic due to a dispute between the conservator and engineer. Nice camping area and there is a well maintained staircase from the top down to the river trail. We enjoyed a short hike...More

Thank Brian G
Reviewed 4 June 2017 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 28 May 2017 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 16 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 26 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.

1  Thank Tim M
Reviewed 18 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
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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
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
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.