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Favorite Statue

Although the Blackhawk statue is currently under wraps as its being restored, the lookout point is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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Great Fall Views !

While on a recent fall day trip to see Northwest Illinois State Parks we stopped at Lowden State... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Daniel M
Plainfield, United States
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Best known as home to the statue "Eternal Indian," this park is set on high bluffs along the Rock River.
1411 N River Rd, Oregon, IL 61061-9450
+1 815-732-6828
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although the Blackhawk statue is currently under wraps as its being restored, the lookout point is still open soaring high above the Rock River. There were RVs camped out when we visited and the park office was open. The Tate Campus was closed for a...More

Thank Calmac3
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

While on a recent fall day trip to see Northwest Illinois State Parks we stopped at Lowden State Park. From what we can tell the park is very well kept with numerous hiking trails and very clean camping areas. The Statue (although in need of...More

Thank Daniel M
Reviewed 4 October 2018

The statue by Lorado Taft has had its black plastic wrap removed, so you can see it for another month. It is scheduled to be wrapped for the Winter in November, so come see it soon (or wait until the repairs are completed). On a...More

2  Thank RobertW2h483MD
Reviewed 17 July 2018

The Blackhawk statue is finally uncovered. It still is in need of repairs, but stands mightily over the Rock River below as it has for decades.

4  Thank Jennifer N
Reviewed 10 July 2018

Spacious electric campsites in the woods. Great hiking trails for our German Shepard. And the Indian statue is uncovered and just a short walk from the campground. We have been coming here for the last 3 years and love it everytime.

Thank denverdavis1976
Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

Visited this park that contains so many of my childhood memories, having grown up in beautiful Ogle County, Illinois. I was thrilled to see Blackhawk uncovered again and looking out at the Rock River valley! I understand that work on repairing him is being considered...More

1  Thank Roger F
Reviewed 13 June 2018 via mobile

Nice looking park! Very quiet since we were there before peak season. Looks like they have lots of amenities that would be nice for families. Hiked the stairs down to the river from the statue. Long way down and major workout coming back up.

Thank MidwestVacationMomma
Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

Blackhawk Statue was uncovered after over a year! Come see him in all his glory! One of the best views in the State of Illinois ❤️

1  Thank lynnienest
Reviewed 15 December 2017 via mobile

Although the BlackHawk statue is wrapped due to refurbishment,there are informative signs and photos of the history of the statue. And it's worth the ride up to view the Rock River and surrounds. Since it is December and cold, there were very few visitors but...More

Thank Calmac3
Reviewed 20 October 2017

We camped here for 3 nights. The sign in process is very confusing as there are no rangers. Sign in is done at the "host" site if you can find it. The bathroom facilities were dirty and only toilets were cleaned. The mirrors looked like...More

Thank tdenton0
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Judith W
13 May 2018|
Response from Finus D |
you can book via Reserve America state part camping site
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Response from RobertW2h483MD | Reviewed this property |
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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.