One of the most picturesque sites along the Rock River is just north of Oregon in Ogle County. Legend has it that Chief Black Hawk, as he left the area after the Black Hawk War, talked of the beauty of the area and admonished his captors to care for the land as he and his people had. Lowden State Park was established to care for the land and allow visitors to share in the beauty as well. The park serves as a memorial to Gov. Frank O. Lowden, who served Illinois during World War I.
Just north of Oregon, the bluffs are graced with a majestic image of an American Indian gazing over the Rock River Valley. This is no ordinary statue. It is a 50 foot, concrete-reinforced wonder that is awe-inspiring. A tribute to all Native Americans, but more commonly associated with Chief Black Hawk, the statue was designed by sculptor Lorado Taft. You can enjoy many wonderful views of the Rock River from the park, but the best view of the statue is from IL Rt. 2.
Located in the heart of the Rock River valley, this charming 385-acre park is the south boundary of the old Chicago-Iowa Trail. History tells us that this was for years the principal route east and west across the northern part of the state.
Today the park provides the perfect recipe for family getaways. There are plenty of outdoor recreation activities, such as hiking, fishing, camping and picnicking. With lots of serene, picturesque beauty, and modern lodge facilities amidst a beautiful forest, there is no better way to retreat from the everyday routine than to re-discover yourself and your family among the open spaces at White Pines.
Along the meandering banks of Spring and Pine creeks, this scenic haven has magnificent trees that share moss-covered cliffs, strung with trailing vines. In season, colorful beds of blossoming trout lily, solomons seal, bloodroot, blue-eyed grass, spring beauty and hepatica are everywhere.
Castle Rock State Park is located along the west bank of the Rock River in Ogle County, three miles south of Oregon, on Highway 2. The park is centrally located in the Rock River Hills region of Illinois, and its rolling topography is drained by the Rock River. The park is representative of the Rock River Hills area with rock formations, ravines and unique northern plant associations. A sandstone bluff, adjacent to the river, has given the park its name.
The John Deere House and Shop is located in the unincorporated village of Grand Detour, Illinois, near the Lee County city of Dixon. The site is known as the location where the first steel plow was invented by John Deere in 1837.
Franklin Creek State Park is an Illinois state park on 664 acres in Lee County, Illinois, United States. Franklin Creek State Park was dedicated in 1970, making it the 24th nature preserve in Illinois.
The Pride of Oregon, a true paddlewheel boat, offers a one-of-a-kind eco-cruise experience. Unique in all of Northern Illinois, the Pride of Oregon draws Iowans over the Mississippi River to experience the Rock River on this charming and elegant vessel.
Nestled in the Rock River Valley, just 3 miles south of the town of Oregon, lies a 2,291-acre wooded area that is one of Ogle County's most beautiful and historic sites. Its scenic qualities come from 120-foot bluffs along 3.5 miles of riverfront forested with hardwood and pine trees. The history stems from the individual who, in the early part of the 20th century, augmented the natural hardwood forest by planting pines. Frank O. Lowden (1861-1943), Illinois' governor from 1917-1921, ardently embraced proper land use and strongly believed in reforestation as a way to retard soil erosion. Over several decades, an estimated 500,000 trees were seeded directly by him or under his supervision.
Nachusa Grasslands consists of 3100 acres of prairie remnants, restorations, and reconstructions located between Oregon, Dixon and Franklin Grove, IL. Remnant prairie knobs were protected from the plow by an unfarmable overlay of St. Peter Sandstone. Starting in 1986 with the purchase of 250 acres, The Nature Conservancy has gradually recreated a vision of 1800 Illinois' mosaic of prairie, savanna and wetlands. Hundreds of dedicated volunteers have collected seed to replant former corn and bean fields.
The bison roam across 500 acres of rolling land and sometimes are not visible from the road.
A Getaway Like it Used to Be, A Vacation to Remember. The Blackhawk Waterways region encompasses four northwest Illinois counties of Carroll, Lee, Ogle and Whiteside. 2700 square miles of unique experiences that await your personal discovery. Quaint cabins & B&Bs, significant Illinois history & heritage, outstanding outdoor recreation, 125 miles of pristine rivers for fishing & boating, charming shopping & antique treasures. All within 3 hours of Chicago.
The Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home is the house located at 816 South Hennepin Street, Dixon, Illinois, in which the late former President of the United States Ronald Reagan lived as a youth beginning in 1920.
Mississippi Palisades State Park, is a National Natural Landmark located in Carroll County, Illinois just north of the town of Savanna. It is a partially conserved section of the Mississippi Palisades.
The Hennepin Canal Parkway follows an old towpath that was actually never used, although the locks and aqueducts are in still in place. It was originally built to link the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. The 105-mile path is level and easy; however, water is scarce along the way (found only at locks 21, 22 and the Visitor Center), so be sure to bring plenty, especially during hot days. The landscape varies from forest to grasslands to marsh to farmland, and the trail is particularly pleasing during fall, when the leaves are changing colors.
The trail surface is suitable for both road and mountain bikes, although hybrid bikes will have the easiest time. During winter, the canal often freezes, making it suitable for ice skating. Anglers will find stocked bluegill, crappie, walleye and bass.
The Blackhawk Steak Pit opened its doors in 1982 in Oregon, Illinois on the banks of the Rock River. Specializing in steaks cooked over an open charcoal grill and providing the finest quality seafood, Enjoy a full bar, including a fine selection of wines and beers. And, if it’s not on the menu, please ask for it!
Tucked within every town in America is a place the locals are proud to call their own. One of the favorites, a short drive outside of the city limits, is La Vigna Restaurant.
This charming eatery offers ambiance, a friendly staff, and an upscale Northern Italian menu. Offerings include several cuts of steak and a variety of seafood dishes. A number of pasta dishes also are available.
White Pines Inn is home to one of northern Illinois' landmark restaurants. The homestyle cuisine blends perfectly with the log cabin decor. Generous portions of mostly homemade dishes fill the menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, six days a week. Each Sunday the fabulous Cornhusker's Buffet, with its spread of hearty homecooking and mouth watering desserts, is served from 8am – 2pm.
A local favorite since 1984, this family-owned & operated restaurant has been voted Best Italian Restaurant by Tampa Bay magazine for over fifteen years.
To complement the predominantly Italian menu, Chef Alfano, and the two in house Sommeliers have assembled an extensive wine list that has annually received the prestigious Wine Spectator 'Award of Excellence' since 1998, and the 'Best of Award of Excellence' since 2012.
The Splendido Lounge, the perfect spot for a pre-dinner martini or an after-dinner cognac, offers live piano music Friday and Saturday as well as Jazz on Wednesdays.
Welcome to Jay's Drive-In. Step back into time and relive the golden age of the 50's and 60's. The food is made to order, the staff is friendly and the music is still playing from a 45 record on the juke box while you dine. You can join us in our dining room, out on the patio or stay in your car and let our car hops bring it to you.
Welcome to the Maxson Riverboat and Restaurant, formally the legendary Maxson Manor Restaurant. and the Pride of Oregon, an authentic paddlewheel boat located just one mile north of historic Oregon, Illinois!
The Roadhouse is said to be the oldest continually operating restaurant lounge in the area, reopening circa 1934, after prohibition. Today at the Road House, you may, only if you wish, momentarily re-live those not so long ago times, enjoy a tasty steak, cocktails, laugh with your friends, then continue your journey rested and assured that the old Stenhouse “Road House” continues to live on…
Silver Ridge is an exciting 18 hole regulation course located in the Rock River Valley in Oregon, IL. From the longest tees, it plays to 6,496 yards of golf for a par of 72. The course rating is 71.2 with a slope rating of 124. The tree-lined fairways and the subtle Silver Creek provide a challenge on every hole. Silver Ridge is a daily fee golf course open to the public.
PGA Head Professional Andy Gramer would like to welcome you to Silver Ridge Golf Course for the 2013 golfing season.
Mother Nature created a very diverse and unique environment in Ogle County, about 15 minutes from the historic village of Oregon. Rolling hills. Rich stands of undisturbed hardwood and conifer forests. Dry prairie. Bur Oak savanna. Sand savanna. And streamside marsh. Carefully sculpted from this mosaic about 30 years ago was Lost Nation Golf Club. Eighteen spectacular holes that will test your skills, and treat your senses, unlike any other golf course in Illinois.
Paddle the scenic waterways that Blackhawk and his Native American Brothers traveled. Whether you're an avid paddler or just want to bring back memories of canoeing as a kid, come and canoe the scenic Rock River. Nature abounds, the scenery will captivate you, as you leisurely canoe along sandstone bluffs topped with majestic white pines.
TJ's welcomes first timers and the experienced. Kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. A Great place to come for company outings, family reunions, group get togethers. Come for a day trip or stay for a week, there are three State Parks in our area, along with local lodging for your stay.
Jump with the best skydiving school in the United States - Chicagoland Skydiving Center. With our brand-new, purpose-built 20,000 square foot facility, on-site Flight Deck Bar & Grill, perfect student safety record, outstanding reputation, plus our general approach to business and customer service - why would you jump anywhere else? Besides, do you really want to jump at the cheapest skydiving school? We'll be the first to admit you can find a less-expensive skydive out there, but if you do your research, you'll find that Chicagoland Skydiving Center is the among the best. Don't believe us? According to www.dropzone.com, we are one of the highest rated skydiving centers in the world.
CSC focuses on the entire experience, not just the skydive. Join us for a fun-filled day(s) that you and your friends will never forget. We've created a one-of-a-kind entertainment facility for spectators and skydivers alike.
Since July 4th, 1964, Byron Dragway has evolved into a great facility for friends,
fans and racing families to enjoy their passion and memories. To us Byron Dragway has
never been a job. It has always been our recreation and our hobby to see our fans and
racers enjoying what they love as well. With the help of Ron Leek and all of our
employees, my family and I have had the pleasure to keep this facility growing since day
one in hopes of continuing a bright future for Byron Dragway. In order to keep the drag
strip growing and prospering for our many fans and loyal racers, we are planning some
positive changesfor the coming 2013 season.
O.K. says “you can’t catch fish with a dry line.” You will find a good selection of live bait at Rock River Outfitters. We strive to have the live bait you need for each season from little wax worms to large suckers.
Jigs, twister tails, lures, bobbers and sinkers and many other artificial baits are always in stock. Catfish baits by your favorite manufacturers to lure in the big ones. Rods, reels, combinations and line in many weights and colors. We also have small rod and reel combinations for the little fisherman in your life and light up reels to add a little pizzazz to your fishing experience.
Rugged hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails well as hunting along the banks of the scenic Rock River. Nestled in the Rock River Valley, just 3 miles south of the town of Oregon, lies a 2,291-acre wooded area that is one of Ogle County's most beautiful and historic sites. Its scenic qualities come from 120-foot bluffs along 3.5 miles of riverfront forested with hardwood and pine trees. The history stems from the individual who, in the early part of the 20th century, augmented the natural hardwood forest by planting pines. Frank O. Lowden (1861-1943), Illinois' governor from 1917-1921, ardently embraced proper land use and strongly believed in reforestation as a way to retard soil erosion. Over several decades, an estimated 500,000 trees were seeded directly by him or under his supervision.
Reservations required and must be made in advance. Reservation office open 9-4 Monday through Friday for skiing weekdays or weekends.
Contact Kelley Houston or Audry:
Enter LOMC and stop at the office, the first building after the entrance
• Ski on 640 acres of hills, prairies and forests.
• Wilderness trails-not all are groomed
• Ski rentals are available
There is much to discover in Oregon and the surrounding area. We invite you to take one of 9 rides through our area to explore the beauty of the Rock River, our scenic area parks, the quiet farmlands, the history of Ronald Reagan and John Deere, the Bison at Nachusa Grasslands and much more.
Merlin's Greenhouse & Flowers proudly serves the Oregon Illinois area. We are family owned and operated, and are committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by service that is friendly and prompt. Because all of our customers are important, our professional staff is dedicated to making your experience a pleasant one.
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