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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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  • 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 ...  more »
  • It was a much smaller park than I realized. Mostly for families who want to camp. There was a nice trail along the river that we climbed stairs to get down to. 
  • We visit this park as part of our annual visit to the three state parks in the area. Outside of the statue, we don’t do much here so it’s the quickest stop of the three. We take the trail to the botto...  more »
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  • 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!
  • This park is a must-see for visitors to the area, especially now that the scaffolding is down from the Blackhawk Statue renovations. The park has the usual playground equipment, hiking trails, concession stands, camping areas, and picnic grounds... but the river overlook, the giant statue, and the trail down to Ganymede Spring on the riverbank make it unique. This park contains priceless memories and will continue to make new ones for generations to come.
  • Great place to camp or day trip. We have camped here and had an awesome time in the past. I personally like the campsites on the east side of HW 33 better than the more open sites on the west side but all are nice. There is also the giant statue that is a tribute to the Native American's of the area that overlooks the Rock River. There are nice views of the river and trails that you can hike down to the river. The trees are beautiful in the fall. Castle Rock and White Pines State Parks are also close by so if you are day tripping it is nice to hit up all three or if you are camping there is plenty to see outside of the one state park.
  • Nice looking campsites and the staue is cool. Nice over look of the river. Not really anything for hiking trails to speak of.
  • We visited today and the views were wonderful. We're glad we stopped.