DescriptionChiseled out the state's far northern region in Winnebago County. Nearby are other "rocky" landmarks - the might Rock River and the place where wagons once forded it, Rockford. It's an area of rolling plains, interesting history and recreational variety. Two lakes set off the park's 3,092 acres. Pierce Lake, with 162 acres, is a retreat for people wanting to fish, ice fish or ice skate. A second 56 acre lake, Olson Lake, is especially for swimmers. Rounding out the park's recreational options are camping, biking, hiking, horseback trails, and cross-country skiing. Whatever the season, you can be sure there's quite a bit of activity going on at the park.
Services & Amenities:
- Bird Watching
- Boat Launch
- Campground Host
- Camping, Equestrian
- Canoe Rental
- Cash Machine/Atm
- Dump Station
- Dump Station, Camper
- Fishing, Pier
- Handicap Sites
- Hiking Trail
- Kayak Rentals
- LIFEGUARDS (SEASONAL)
- Mountain Biking
- Paddle Boat Rentals
- Paddle Boating
- Park Lake
- Pay Telephone
- Picnic Area
- Picnic Shelter
- Picnic Tables
- Recycling Station
- Rentals, Boats, Canoe
- Retail, Bait & Tackle
- Retail, Firewood
- Retail, Ice
- Retail, Seasonal Concessions
- SWIMMING - PARK LAKE
- Trails, Bicycle
- Trails, Equestrian
- Trails, Mountain Bike
- Viewing Platform/Overlook
- Water, Drinking
- Wildflower Viewing
- Wildlife Viewing
|Within 10 Miles|
- Art & Museum
- Ball Field
- Emergency Services
- Fuel, Vehicles
- Gardens, Botanical Displ
- Grocery Store
- Putt-Putt Course
- Seasonal Festivals
- Water Slides
Alerts and Important Information
- Shelter Reservations are non-refundable unless the area is closed by the Department, in this circumstance the Site Manager will contact you prior to your reservation date to cancel and issue your refund.
- A responsible adult (18 years of age or older) from the camping party must register for the party and thereby acknowledge compliance with the rules and regulations of the park for the party.
- Firewood Ban: It is illegal to bring or possess on IDNR properties any firewood from out of state or from a quarantine area or adjacent counties where wood exportation or movement has been prohibited by State or Federal Law.
- Youth Group Camping Area: At least one responsible adult must accompany each group of 15 minors.
- For a campsite, a "Single Family" consisting of 4 related adults with or without children occupying the same shelter are allowed; or a "Single Group" consisting of 4 unrelated adults with or without children occupying the same shelter are allowed.
- Special camping rate reductions apply to Illinois residents only.
- Group size and number of vehicles cannot exceed the established maximums.
- Youth Group area is only to be used by organized youth groups and their chaperones.
- The maximum length of a camping stay from May 1st through October 31st is 14 nights in any 30 day period.
- Alcohol is not allowed in any area of the park.
- All pets must be on a leash; Pet owners are responsible for their animal's waste and must dispose of it properly. Pets must be kept under control at all times.
- All visitors are required to leave the park at or before 10:00 P.M.
- Campground is closed at 10:00 P.M. It is possible to leave in the event of any emergency.
- Major Holidays require a 3 night reservation.
- Quiet hours are from 10:00 P.M - 7:00 A.M.
- During the Non-Peak season there is no access to water hydrants or dump stations.
- The main shower in the Plum Grove Area is open year round.
- Park Hours for the Non-Peak season are as follows:
*November 1 - February 28:
8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
*March 1 - April 30:
8:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M.
- No tents, trailers or RV's are allowed at the cabin site.
- No pets or smoking are allowed in the cabin.
- Shelters are subject to all Statues & Rules Governing the park and are intended for group outings, not for loud parties or events that would disturb others using the area. Amplified music is prohibited. The reservation only includes the shelter; consisting of the covered area and picnic tables underneath. Vehicles must remain in the designated parking area; any vehicles parking on the grass will be ticketed.
We hope you enjoy your stay or event: Remember, take only memories leave only footprints.
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
The Park is located just north of the Rockford area in Loves Park and is 15 miles south of the Wisconsin border. It is easily accessible from Interstate 90. Stay on I-90 to the Highway 173 Exit. Go West off the ramp 1/2 mile to the park entrance.
Rock Cut State Park
7318 Harlem Road
Loves Park IL 61111
Phone Number:Project Office:(815)885-3311
The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.
- Park is closed for all activities during the annual shotgun deer hunt for Disabled Hunters
from Nov 10 2011 to Nov 13 2011