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Castle Rock State Park, IL

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Wed Oct 15 2014   Later Dates


Castle Rock State park is located 3.5 miles south of Oregon, Il on IL Hwy 2. The park site on the west bank of the Rock River. The park is very representative of the Rock River Hills area with rock formations, ravines, and unique northern plant associations. A sandstone bluff, adjacent to the river , gives the park its name. The Castle Rock is set in a large sandstone butte situated between the Rock River and Il Hwy 2. The rock is St. Peter sandstone. There are only a few places in Illinois where St. Peters sandstone comes to the surface, even though it underlies most of the state. There are three picnic areas in the park withshelters, tables, grills, toilets and drinking water. There are also scattered picnic tables in areas along the river. Two of the picnic shelters may be reserved with a fee. There are 7 miles of trails for hiking and x-country skiing that ofer the opportunity to view wildlife and scenic views. All fishing at the site is in the Rock River. The park offers 1 1/2 mi of bank fishing area. A boat ramp is also available. Boat size is limited due to the varying depth of the river. The only camping facility at Castle Rock is a small primitive caone/boat in camp area. All camper's must access the area by water. Reservations are not accepted. No drinking water is available. The park does offer limited hunting programs for squirrel, turkey and deer hunting.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Auto Touring/Scenic Rtes
  • Ball Field
  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boating
  • Boating, Canoeing
  • Boating, Kayaking
  • Boating, Pedal
  • Camping, Primitive
  • Canoeing
  • Dock, Boat
  • Fire Rings
  • Fishing
  • Fishing, River/Stream
  • Geological Formations
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hiking - Moderate
  • Hiking Trail
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Hunting
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Jet Skiing
  • Jogging/Running
  • Kiosk
  • Paddle Boating
  • Parking
  • Photography
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Powerboating
  • Ranger Station
  • River/Stream
  • Shelters
  • Sightseeing
  • Trails, Easy Hiking/Walking
  • Trails, Moderate Hiking
  • Viewing Platform/Overlook
  • Volleyball
  • Volleyball Net
  • Walking
  • Water Access, Park Lake
  • Water, Drinking
  • Wildflower Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Antiquing
  • Area attraction
  • Cabins
  • Canoe Rental
  • Church
  • Cultural Activities
  • Cultural sites / Exhibtits
  • Dining
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Golf
  • Golfing
  • Grocery Store
  • Historic Sites
  • Historical Areas/Struct.
  • Horse Rentals
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hospital
  • Kayak Rentals
  • Kennel
  • Laundry
  • Lodging, Cabins
  • Motel
  • Museum
  • Recycling Station
  • Rentals, Boats, Canoe
  • Restaurant
  • Retail, Bait & Tackle
  • Retail, Drinks
  • Retail, Firewood
  • Retail, Ice
  • Retail, Snacks
  • Retail, Store/Gift Shop
  • Retail, Supplies
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Shopping
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Town
  • Trails, Equestrian
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Art & Museum
  • Putt-Putt Course
  • Putt-putt
  • Rentals, Boat, Pedal
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.
  • For specific park information or questions regarding your reservation, please call the Park Office at 815-732-7329
  • The site offers primitive canoe/boat in camping. Camper must access the campsites by water. Reservations are not accepted. Two picnic shelters can be reserved for a fee. The Old Orchard Picnic Area is limited to 100 people. The Valley View Picnic Area is limited to 75 people. The shelter reservations are non-refundable. The picnic areas and trails close at sunset.

    Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    41.97167, -89.38417
    41°58'18"N, 89°23'3"W

    The park is located 3.5 miles south of Oregon, IL on Il Hwy 2. Interstate 88 and Interstate 39 are 15 miles away.Going east or west on I-88 take IL Hwy 26 north at the Dixon IL exit, From Dixon, IL take Hwy 2 north 12 miles to Castle Rock State Park. Going north on I-39 take Il Hwy 64 west to Oregon, IL, then take Il Hwy 2 south 3.5 miles south to Castle Rock.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    Castle Rock State Park
    1365 W. Castle Rd
    Oregon IL 61061

    Phone Number:

    Project Office:(815)732-7329