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Rock Cut State Park


Chiseled out of the state's far northern region is Rock Cut State Park in Winnebago County. Nearby are other "rocky" landmarks - the mighty Rock River and the place where wagons once forded it, Rockford. It's an area of rolling plains, interesting history and a wide variety of recreational opportunities.

Rock Cut's 3,092 acres include two lakes:  Pierce Lake, with 162 acres, a retreat for people wanting to fish, ice fish or ice skate; and, the 50-acre Olson Lake and swimming beach are popular each summer.  The park'​s hiking trails, horseback riding trails and cross-country skiing and wildlife watching, as well as seasonal hunting programs, make it a year round recreation destination.  The beautiful campground has 270 premium campsites, a rustic cabin, a group camp and shelters, with reservations available through www.reserveamerica.com

Rock Cut is home to abundant wildlife with waterfowl, deer, fox, muskrat, woodchuck and beaver, opossum, raccoon and both gray and fox squirrel. Over 100 types of wildflowers offer a showy display each spring and summer, while hardwood trees dazzle visitors each fall.

Rock Cut is an alcohol free park and campground.​​​​​​

Park Information:

Northwestern Illinois

7318 Harlem Rd.
Loves Park IL 61111

N: 42.342
W: -88.973

815-885-3311




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