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Winnebago County Parks and Recreation


Winnebago County Forest Preserve District maintains just under 10,000 acres at 37 sites throughout the county.

Nature preserves, golf courses, campgrounds, environmental education centers, a botanic garden, 25 miles of hiking and equestrian trails, and boat launches serve millions of Winnebago County residents and visitors each year. In the winter, there is ice-skating, cross-country skiing, sledding, snowmobiling and ice fishing.

Rock Cut State Park, located conveniently on Illinois Route 173, is a premiere state facility with more than 3,000 acres of wilderness.


The site has two lakes (Pierce Lake and Olson Lake). Rock Cut also offers camping, hiking/biking and non-motorized boating. Fishing enthusiasts will love Pierce Lake, a man-made facility with a good range of species - including bass, crappie, bluegill, walleye, musky and catfish.

The Rockford Park District is recognized as one of the best park and recreation systems in the nation, with premiere facilities for golf, soccer, softball, indoor ice-skating and hockey. Visitor attractions like Magic Waters Waterpark, engaging cultural museums and winding recreation paths make the county a GREAT place to live, work and play.

Rockford is known as the “City of Gardens” due to its 7,000 acres of parkland, tree-lined streets, exceptionally green downtown, riverside path and several magnificent public gardens.


Anderson Japanese Gardens is considered the top Japanese Garden in the Western World. Sinnissippi Gardens, with its lagoon and unique floral clock, is located along the Rock River.

There are at least a dozen golf courses in the area, three operated by the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District. Other Forest Preserve activities include bird watching, canoeing, fishing, geocaching, hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. The Rockford Park District operates four public golf courses, of which the Aldeen Golf Club and Practice Centre has been awarded a four-and-a-half star rating by Golf Digest.

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