Rock Cut’s 3,092 acres include two lakes: Pierce Lake, with 162 acres, and Olson Lake with 50 acres offer a retreat for people wanting to fish, ice fish or ice-skate. The park’s hiking trails, horseback riding trails and cross-country skiing and wildlife watching, as well as seasonal hunting programs, make it a year round recreation destination.
There are 210 Class A Premium sites and 60 Class B/S Premium sites at Rock Cut State Park. There is also a primitive cabin (it has electricity, but does not have water or plumbing facilities).
Rock Cut is an alcohol-free park and campground, and this rule is strictly enforced.
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I-90 West to Rockford. Take the Highway 173 Exit. Go West for one-half mile to the Park Entrance. For more information about the Rockford Area, please visit the Rockford Visitors Bureau.
7318 Harlem Road
Loves Park, IL 61111
Tent (Class B/S Premium) sites start at $12/night. Partial Hook-up (Class A Premium) sites are $25/night. There is a free dump station within the park.
For Reservations go to: Illinois Campground Reservations. Reservations can be made 180 days out.
We were here for a week. Beautiful park. The RV section sites are supposed to be gravel, but many of them had so little of it there was no real support for the vehicles, so mud ruts were abundant. Our site 324 was not too bad.
This would be a Five Star review except their restrooms were never cleaned while we were there. They were neglected and very dirty. Since there is no water hook ups to RVs, and we were spending a week (July 1-8, 2019), no choice except to use the restrooms and showers. Lots of hair in the drains. Hair on the walls along with other stuff. Trash was never changed while we were there. Some dead bugs on sinks everyday plus new ones. The place smelled horrible. Luckily our we can go a week with our black tank so we never used the restrooms. Too dirty.
If you’re coming to enjoy the lake, picnic, kayaking, hiking, etc. this place is a gem. If camping it is reasonably priced and nice sites. We just wouldn’t recommend staying more than a few self-sufficient days. Numerous places to enter the lake. Kayak rentals. There are a couple stores that sale snacks, and beach items. Lots of hiking trails to enjoy. Plenty of picnic areas for individuals or groups. We saw several very nice playground areas for the kiddos. Fishing at either of the two lakes. This place is nice and has it all. I just don’t recommend camping here unless you have a self-contained unit or are OK with dirty restrooms. We took a trip to Chicago and spent some time sight seeing around Rockford.
Off Leash Area
Things to see/do nearby
Rockford Race Track
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Anderson Japanese Gardens
Drive to Chicago like we did.
Excluding the restrooms/showers Rock Cut State Park a really nice and relaxing place to spend a few days. With the lakes, trails and forest it makes a great get-a-way! Have a fun time there.
Have you been to Rock Cut State Park? What was your experience like? What do you like to see and do in the area? Let us know if you have any comments or questions below. Thanks for reading! Happy Camping!