The Rock River forms a tributary of the Mississippi River, with its course taking it on a journey of around 300 miles through Wisconsin and Illinois. Just over half its length lies in Illinois, running from the state boundary with Wisconsin to its final destination at the mighty Mississippi. Campgrounds along the Illinois stretch of the Rock River provide scenic locations to take a vacation in the state.
Lowden State Park
Managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, which rates the location as one of the most picturesque on the Rock River, Lowden State Park (dnr.state.il.us) is in Ogle County. The park offers plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy and this includes camping. The campground offers a variety of amenities, including 80 vehicle-access sites with utility hookups, 38 basic vehicle-access sites and eight hike-in tent camping sites. The campground has shower and bathroom facilities available, with camping permits available on arrival.
Crow Valley Campground
The Crow Valley Campground (crowvalleycampground.com) is on the banks of the Rock River, close to the city of Moline. The campground has 80 full-hookup sites available for RV or tent camping, and more than 20 primitive sites available for tent camping. Amenities available include a bathhouse, dump station, swimming pool, sports courts and games room. The campground also provides access to various outdoor activities including fishing and boating on the Rock River and nature trails along the shoreline.
Lundeen's Landing Campground
Lundeen's Landing Campground (lundeens-landing.com) is on the shore of the Rock River at East Moline, in the Quad City area of Illinois. The campground offers facilities for both tent and RV camping, with a variety of amenities helping to make a stay more pleasant. This includes utility hookups, a dump station and bathroom facilities with hot showers. Activities available on the Rock River include rubber-ring tubing and fishing. A boat launch provides easy access to the river if you want to enjoy some boating fun.
Grand Detour Island Retreat
Visiting the Grand Detour Island Retreat (campingislands.com) places campers directly on the Rock River. The campground is in the Grand Detour area of Ogle County, set out over four islands on the river. These include Bernotas, Andrus, Lang and Rodenbaugh's Garden Islands, with more than 200 waterfront sites available. Most sites allow primitive tent camping, although 30 electric hookup sites on Bernotas Island enable RV camping. Activities available during a stay include fishing, boating, hiking and biking on the four miles of trails around the islands.
Prophetstown State Recreation Area
The Prophetstown State Recreation Area (dnr.state.il.us) comes under the management of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, with the park on the south bank of Rock River at Prophetstown. The campground in the park provides facilities for tent and trailer camping, with amenities available including electrical hookups, a dump station, a restroom and shower building. The park covers 53 acres of woodland area, with activities available including fishing, hiking and wildlife watching.
Castle Rock State Park
For a more adventurous camping experience, the Castle Rock State Park (dnr.state.il.us) has a primitive tent campground, accessible only by canoe or boat. Another park under the responsibility of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, it lies to the south of the city of Oregon. It has various outdoor activities available, including boating and fishing on the Rock River, as well as hiking and nature watching on the six miles of trails through the park.
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- Illinois Department of Natural Resources: Lowden State Park
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- Camping Island: Grand Detour Island Retreat
- Illinois Department of Natural Resources: Prophetstown State Recreation Area
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