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Lowden State Park, Oregon

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Lowden State Park is an Illinois state park on in Ogle County, Illinois, United States. The park was named after Governor Frank Orren Lowden. Governor Lowden had served Illinois during World War I. Lowden State Park is home to the Black Hawk Statue, by artist Lorado Taft. Lowden State Park was closed to the public due to budget cuts from November 30, 2008 until February 26, 2009.
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  • 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 w...  more »
  • I find it really hard to believe that the Chief has been wrapped up for over a year now and likely will remain so for another! What's the problem? Is it because the State is broke? As we drove along d...  more »
  • We stayed at the park and really enjoyed our stay. We camped toward the back of the campground where there are more trees. The sites are set at odd angles from most other parks we have visited, but it...  more »
  • Very well maintained state park. Our Sams Club comes here every year. Highly recommend.
  • Based on looks alone, this place os amazing. But there are issues with the electric hookups. Many are visibly damaged. The RV pads are in bad shape and the bath facilities are lacking. Illinois needs to repair this camogroind before it falls into disrepair. The nearby town, Oregon, is really quaint and fun to visit.
  • Blackhawk statue at this location is a must see if you are in the area. This region is rich with American Indian history. The park has several restroom facilities along with camping and a spectacular View. Hiking trails throughout and a trail along the river. This was my thinking spot when I lived in the area a long time ago. Great place to sit on the rock wall in front of Blackhawk overlooking the valley and just be free. Highly recommended.
  • Good hiking trails. The Blackhawk Statue was closed for maintenance, but we still enjoyed hiking the park.
  • I've been going to this park since I was a kid. Now that I have kids if my own, we come here ALL the time for day hikes and camping. We prefer the primitive campsites. These sites are walk in with relatively close parking. We bring our custom made off road radio flyer wagon to haul our camping supplies to the primitive site. It's very quiet and peaceful back there. The hiking is awesome. Those stairs down to the river are a real workout!!! There is a switchback trail from river trail to Blackhawk statue that is a bit treacherous but a lot of fun. We will be back soon to take our new job boat on the river to do some fishing. The staff across the street at the campground are absolutely awesome! Bathrooms, if you are looking for a 5 star latrine then go to a hotel. All bathrooms at all outdoor parks are just that, outdoor bathrooms. If ya don't like them dig a hole and poop in the woods. Happy camping!

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