Rochelle, Illinois Parks & Recreation

Rochelle is a beautiful city with picturesque parks, fields, lakes and paths for recreation. Divided by Kyte River, Skare Park is a 320-acre haven with green space and oak/hickory forests for nature lovers. This park features 12 miles of hiking trails, abundant wildlife and picnic facilities. Swing into action at the driving range at Skare Park, freestyle at the skate park at Cooper Park or go ice fishing on Lake Sule. Rochelle Bike Path is 4.1 miles of fun for bikers, runners, and joggers. Rochelle’s other parks - Atwood Park, Connolly Park, Memorial Park, Flannigan Park, Hillcrest Park, Kelly Park, Midwest Park, Powers Park, Sweeny Park, Tilton Memorial Park and V.F.W. Park - offer baseball and soccer fields, bike paths, playgrounds, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, picnic areas and BBQs. Swimmers enjoy the outdoor pool at Spring Lake Aquatic Park. Visit
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Lake Sule & Lyle Kunde Recreation Area.

Located within Lyle Kunde Recreation Area in Rochelle, Lake Sule is a beautiful 77-acre lake for fishing, ice fishing, boating, sailing, kayaking, and canoeing. The lake is stocked with bass, bluegill, catfish, crappie, sunfish, walleye and muskie. The 90-acre recreation area, which surrounds Lake Sule, offers boat launches, ramps, boat rentals, picnic tables and parking areas. The area hosts the Annual Rochelle Regatta boat race in late June, and is a popular outdoor haven for picnics and nature walks.

Chief Black Hawk Statue/Lowden State Park.

One of the most picturesque sites along the Rock River near Oregon, Lowden State Park is the site of the legendary Chief Black Hawk Statue. Chief Black Hawk was captured here during the Black Hawk War. Lowden State Park preserves the beauty of this land and pay tribute to Native Americans. The bluffs are graced with the majestic 50-foot concrete and granite statue of Chief Black Hawk - second largest concrete monolithic statue in the world - gazing over Rock River Valley, spectacular with the setting sun. The park is a beautiful destination with 4 miles of hiking trails through natural wonders. The Park is a popular spot for fishing and boating on the Rock River, picnicking and camping. Nature lovers enjoy wonderful views of the Rock River and the statue. Visit

Lowden-Miller State Forest.

This beautiful 2225-acre forest offers 22 miles of scenic marked trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. In the winter, the snowy trails offer excellent cross-country skiing journeys. Explore the 120-foot bluffs along the Rock River and enjoy the vast expanse of forested beauty. [Top]
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Rockford Rockriver AttractionsRock River.

Flowing 34 miles through Lowden State Park in Ogle County, the scenic Rock River is a favorite destination for boating, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and water skiing. The park features a launching ramp and boat docks for motor boaters and water skiers. Boat fishermen can cast their fishing lines for channel catfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, carp, bluegill, sunfish, northern and walleye pike, bullhead, sucker and drum, or relax on the scenic banks with a pole

Blackhawk Waterways/Paddling.

Paddle the Blackhawk Waterways and discover the tranquil beauty of Northwest Illinois. Kayak and canoe the beautiful and serene waters of Rock River, which flows through the Blackhawk Waterways Region, and discover adventure and magical scenery, including magnificent bluffs, abundant wildlife like the Bald Eagle, and awe-inspiring landscapes of native plants, vibrant colors and refreshing aromas. Carroll County is also home to the mighty Mississippi, as well as other backwaters for paddling, fishing and boating adventures.

White Pines Forest State Park.

Nestled in the heart of the Rock River valley along the meandering banks of spring and Pine creeks, the 385-acre White Pines State Park is a beautiful family getaway for outdoor activities including hiking, bicycling, fishing, camping, horseback riding, and picnicking. Experience the natural beauty and serenity amid magnificent trees, moss-covered cliffs, flowing streams and wildlife. Bird lovers enjoy symphonies from pine thrush and warblers who live in the lush forest. The park features 7 marked trails for hiking through vine-covered limestone bluffs, blossoming spring flowers and whispering pines. Enjoy family outing at the shaded picnic areas with fireplaces, tables and a children’s playground. During the winter, White Pines trails are ideal for cross-country skiing and sledding. Visit [Top]
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Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area.

Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area is a natural haven of 1,550 acres of rolling prairie and a fishing lake. Explore grassy meadows and native woodlands filled with colorful plants, flowers, prairie grasses and waterfowl. Originally home to Native American tribes, the area is a pristine environment for natural relaxation and activities like hiking, fishing, hunting, winter sports, picnicking, camping and rejuvenating your spirit. Shabbona Lake SRA features over 8 miles of scenic hiking and cross-country skiing trails -Touch the Earth Trail - that weave through wooded lands. Stocked with large and smallmouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, rock bass, black and white crappie, bullhead, channel catfish, walleye, muskie and perch, Shabbona Lake is an excellent fishing and boating destination. Deer and dove hunting is allowed on 744 acres, and Steward Habitat Area offers permit-only pheasant hunting.

Castle Rock State Park.

LLocated along the Rock River in the Rock River Hills region, Castle Rock State Park offers 2,000 acres of rolling topography, rock formations, ravines, and a sandstone bluff. An area of major scientific importance, Castle Rock has 710 acres designated as an Illinois Nature Preserve. The park offers six miles of marked hiking, cross-country skiing and tobogganing trails with scenic views and abundant wildlife, as well as three picnic and canoe camping areas. Rock River offers great fishing for catfish, bass, northern, walleye, and crappie. Squirrel, turkey and deer hunting is permitted at the park.

Byron Forest Preserve and Jarrett Prairie Center.

Byron Forest Preserve District preserves a 900-acre prairie remnant and plant and wildlife. BFPD includes a natural history museum - Jarrett Prairie Center - J. Weiskopf Observatory, the acclaimed 18-hole Prairie View Golf Club, Heritage Farm Museum, Stone Quarry Park Recreation Park, and 600 acres of restored dolomite prairieland. These facilities provide outstanding preservation and recreation opportunities. Meandering throughout the forest preserve and beautiful restored prairieland, BFPD offers 6.5 miles of marked trails for walking, jogging, hiking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, Stroll through the 450-acre Byron Forest Preserve and see prairie wonders like prairie smoke, creamy indigo and colorful flowers. Visit [Top]
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1133 N 7th St. Rochelle, IL 61068
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1133 N 7th St. Rochelle, IL 61068