Great River Road

From Keithsburg heading south, the Great River Road continues from the northern border of Henderson County on the same road, now called County Road 3 to Illinois Route 164 where it turns west onto Route 164. The route follows Route 164 through Oquawka, and through Gladstone to the junction of Illinois Route 164 and U.S. Route 34. The route follows Route 34 west approximately 7 miles to Carman Road south to Lomax, where it turns west on Illinois Route 96. The route continues on Route 96 west through Dallas City to the southern border of Henderson County into Hancock County. Please visit the following websites for more information:


Parks & Trails

Big River State Forest
A 3000 acre forest complex located 7 miles north of Oquawka on the Keithsburg Road features miles of hiking trails in the summer; snowmobile and skiing paths in the winter. The forest complex features convenient boating access to the Mississippi with a long sandy beach on the lower level. For those who like camping along the water, an excellent campground is provided. The upper camping area hosts parking sites with electrical power, pavilions, and well suited playgrounds for the children. The forest has the distinction of having the only remaining fire tower in Illinois which is located on the upper level near the main access. An Equestrian facility is located 4 miles east of the headquarters. The many miles of sand fire lanes provide horse riding trails galore.

Delabar State Park
A 60 acre recreational and camping park located on the Mississippi River 1 mile north of Oquawka is a favorite camping spot for many weekenders. The facilities include boating access to the river, good hunting and fishing, a large pavilion for reunions and picnics, children's play area, and shady oak camping sites.

Henderson County Conservation Area
Henderson County Conservation Area, which includes Gladstone Lake, offers a variety of recreational facilities. The 27-acre lake has a shoreline of 1.5 miles and a maximum depth of 25 feet. The area, about 20 miles southwest of Monmouth and five miles east of the Mississippi River, has a total of 87 acres. Class C tent and trailer camping are available. Phone (309) 374-2496.

Lincoln Trail
Provided Captain Lincoln's Militia Company access from Oquawka to the Rock Island area during the Black Hawk War. It has been researched, documented, and marked out for public use in the forest. The starting marker is accessible by auto.

Lock and Dam 18
Lock & Dam # 18 - located on the scenic Mississippi River 3 miles south of Oquawka by river. Constructed in 1934 to provide a river channel for commercial barge traffic, the dam and water area are favorite walleye fishing spots. In the winter months Bald Eagle watchers have a bonanza.

Pioneer Trail Cemetary
Located near the starting marker for Lincoln's trail; the small, rail enclosed cemetery has been restored and, it too, is accessible by auto. The dates range from the mid 1850's to the early '60's.

Sandy Oaks
Horses welcome. Tent and trailer sites with water and electricity. Open all year with 100 sites and dump station. Motorcycle trails and competitive events. Contact Dale Garner (309) 374-2593.