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Rock Cut State Park

7318 Harlem Road
Loves Park, IL 61111
6 Reviews
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We used to really like camping at Rock Cut State park. We would go there at least a couple of weekends a summer. The fees have gone up but we could have lived with that. We stayed here last year while moving our son to WI. On the return trip from WI we came into the state park at about 11:30 at night on the deserted road to a speed trap. We were stopped for going 30 miles an hour. We decided we didn’t need that kind of harassment on our weekends. We didn’t go back until Labor Day weekend 2010. We camped there and visited our son in WI. When we returned to the state park at about 6pm on Saturday, we were greeted by about 6 troopers doing mandatory “safety” checks. Not only is this annoying on our restful weekend but the trooper’s response to our frustration was “that’s completely irrelevant to me”. I don’t know why Rockford, Rock Cut or any of citizens of IL would want to be harassed every time you go to a state park. Don’t go here!!

Received from laura for visit in Jun 2010

Site Number:417
Stay Again? NO
This was one of the best campsites I have been too. I am putting it at the top of my list. I stayed in White Oak with some buddies. The camp host was also very friendly. I stayed for 3 days and 2 nights. The lakes to fishing was less than a from the campsite. The concession stands had plenty to offer: fishing, canoe, paddle, and row boats were available. All boat rentals were $10 per hour except the fishing boats with a a trolling motor, they were $15 per hour.


Received from D for visit in Jun 2009

Site Number: 426-428
Stay Again? YES
We stayed at White Oak site #21. As soon as we plugged in after arriving, our circuit blew. I had the microwave and the A/C on. Luckily we were right next to the host. He had to get a key and unlock the breaker box for our area. Only 8 sites were on the same circuit as ours and 2 of those campsites were empty! This happened 4 times within the first 2 hours of arriving! After figuring out it was the microwave and then later 1 small light over the table, we turned the fridge and water heater to gas the entire weekend just to prevent any further power interuptions. We paid $20 a night and could not turn on anything except the A/C and had to use up our propane!! Our site was secluded but we only slept there at night and left during the day. Very disappointing!

Received from Fleda for visit in Jul 2006

Site Number: 421
Stay Again? NO
I agree with Less A on his comments about Rock Cut, but there is also an Equestrian section located on the Western portion of the park that offers many miles of trail riding. These trails are also used by Snowmobilers during the winter months. Our grandchildren like to hike down to the dam that makes up Pierce lake, and fish from that spot. The swimming lake is Olson lake located in the far Eastern section of the park but the last few times that we have been there it has been closed. There a few rental cabins available in the park,that seem nice but the rental rates are unknown to me. We like the Plumb Grove section when camping, lots 198 or 200, as they are quite large in size. We find the best time to go there is Sunday, Late afternoon, as most campers are leaving, and we stay until thursday afternoon. Less crowds and more fun for the kids. This park usually fills up on the holidays,so be pre-warned.

Received from Ken K for visit in 2005

Site Number: 198
Stay Again? YES
Rock Cut State Park is really nice. The park is very scenic, you connect to miles of paved bike trails, the sites are well spaced and wooded at the campground, plus the shower house was immaculate. The major downside is that Interstate 90 runs right through the park, literally, and the noise can be heard througout the campground. There is also the Rockford Speedway very close and the noise from that was heard at our site, too. Not the peaceful environment one wants for camping and getting away from it all.

Received from Vicki L for visit in September 2005

Site Number: 432
Stay Again? NO
Rock Cut IMO is one of Illinois' premier State Parks. There are 3092 acres of campgrounds, fishing lake, swimming lake, hiking trails and 4 Class A campgrounds and 1 Class B (tent) campground. Hiking trails abound and a very nice consession stand and bait shop were added a few years ago. You can buy a very nice breakfest, lunch or snack at the consession stand. Boat rental is available as is bait and tackle at the bait shop. Firewood is also available although we always bring our own. While the campground is located near I-90, I-90 does NOT run through the middle of the CG but rather is on the far east side of the CG just east of the fishing/swimming lake. On some evenings, depending on the wind, you can hear some minor highway noise. The same is true of the raceway about 2 miles west of the CG. On Saturday evenings during the summer,you may sometimes hear stockcars in the distance. Neither of which is objectional either outside or inside the camper. Rock Cut has 4 main CG\'s. Prarie View, White Oak, Buckthorn, and Plum Grove. Plum Grove is the oldest of the four and the sites are pretty close together. The other three are newer and most are pretty wide. The new section opened in 1991 and the sitres there are arranged in Cul De Sac configuration with camping on both sides of the Cul De Sac\'s The roads runnign through the CulDe Saca are all one way roads. The Buckthorn area is strictly a reserved site area and campers can make reservations through the website or US Mail starting January 2nd of 2006. In the Class A sites electricity only is supplied but water spigots are usually located in 2 different areas of the Cul De Sacs. The water quality is not very good so I recommend bringing bottled water for cooking, drinking, coffee, etc. Pierce Lake which is the 162 acre fishing lake is stocked annually and contains panfish as well as Bass and some Northern Pike and other species. Handicapped spaces are available in all 4 campgrounds featuring paved sites and handicapped picnic tables and fire rings. Fire rings are provided at all campsites in the Class A sites. Roads are paved throughout the park. Hiking trails are plentiful in the park and are also used for cross country sking in the winter. Limited camping supplies are available during the summer and numerous stores and services are available within a few miles of the park. Last years camping fee\'s were $20 per nite for Class A sites, less for the Class B tent sites. As with all Illinois State Parks, alcohol is prohibited in the park. Wildlife such as Wild Turkeys, Raccons, Deer, Chipmunks, and a varity of others are normally seen during a stay at Rock Cut. We have been camping there since 1986 usually spending 8-10 4 day weekends per year there. We enjoy it throughly every time we stay there and consider Rock Cut to be a jewel in the Illinois State Park system.

Received from Les A for visit in Jun 2005

Site Number: 309
Stay Again? YES

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