Oregon is located in the heart of the scenic Rock River Valley. Originating in Wisconsin, the Rock River meanders southwest, through the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, entering Illinois north of Rockford. It continues flowing in a southwesterly direction, through Oregon, and finally enters the Mississippi River at Rock Island, Illinois. As it winds the way to its ultimate destination, it travels approximately 299 miles.
As the Rock River passes through the Oregon area it is bordered by tree filled bluffs, providing scenic beauty to our area. Coming into Oregon it flows by Lowden Park on the east, home of the well known Lorado Taft statue of the Eternal Indian, commonly referred to as “Blackhawk”. Leaving Oregon it passes between the Lowden-Miller State Forest and Castle Rock State Park. As the river flows through Oregon, it is separated north and south by the dam, creating boating opportunities north of the dam and great fishing to the south.
A boat launch is available just off Illinois Route 2 on the north edge of Oregon, providing access and ample parking for pleasure boaters. Another launch is located in Castle Rock State Park, about three miles south of Oregon on Illinois Route 2 which provides access to the river for avid fishermen.
Whether you enjoy boating, water skiing, fishing or simply floating down the river and experiencing a relaxing afternoon, the Rock River can fulfill your desires.
Whether you are a recreational boater or a serious fisherman you will appreciate the new boat launch located just north of Oregon on Hwy. 2. Finished as part of the renovation of Hwy 2 between Oregon and Byron, the launch offers a great spot to put your boat in the water. Don’t be confused by the signage indicating Lowden State Park, as the launch is located on the west side of the Rock River.