What to do in Delabar State Park

*This information was provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources*

Located on the Mississippi River about 1 1/2 miles north of Oquawka near Illinois Route 164, Delabar State Park offers quality outdoor experiences for anglers, hikers, campers and picnickers.

Many of the park's 89 acres are forested with sturdy oaks, along with some birch and hickory trees. These forested areas serve as natural habitat for a variety of wildlife species, including squirrel, rabbit, raccoon, deer, groundhog and quail. More than 50 species of birds have been identified in the park, making Delabar State Park a natural haven for birders from throughout the state.

The park is named to honor two brothers, Roy and Jack Delabar, who donated the site to the state in 1959 to be developed as a state park. The park officially opened in 1960.

Camping- Areas for both tent and trailers are available. Electrical hook-ups, drinking water, a sanitary station and a jet pump for filling trailers are available. Campers must obtain a permit from the park staff before setting up camp. Group camping is available. Groups of 25 or more must have advance permission from the site superintendent. Reservations accepted.

Picnicking- Three picnic areas are available: one at the south end, one at the north end and one in the center of the park. All three are equipped with picnic tables and camp stoves. Picnic areas are conveniently located near parking areas. The center picnic area has a shelter to accommodate family group gatherings.

Drinking water and toilets are provided, and a playground is located near the center picnic area.Cooking fires are permitted only in the camp stoves. Open fires are prohibited.

Trails- Two marked trails covering nearly two miles through the woods are available for nature lovers and wildlife observers.

Fishing and Boating- River fishing is popular at Delabar State Park. Boats with motors of any size are allowed on the river. A launching ramp at the south end of the park and two boat docks make river access easy. While there are no boat rentals at the park, there is a marina nearby.

For anglers who prefer to fish lakes, Delabar State Park is located near Gladstone Lake, in Henderson County Conservation Area. The 27-acre Gladstone Lake has a maximum depth of 25 feet and 1 1/2 miles of shoreline. It has a variety of fish for the angler, a launching ramp, picnicking areas and camping.

Winter Sports- Many visitors take advantage of the backwaters of the Mississippi River for ice fishing and, when the ice is thick enough, ice skating.

Located on the Mississippi River about 1 1/2 miles north of Oquawka near Illinois Route 164.

Illinois experiences four distinct seasons with varying weather throughout the year. Winter can be very cold. The highest humidity of the year occurs during this season averaging 70 to 75 percent. Average low temperatures in January dip to 20 degrees F with highs near 35 degrees F. Spring temperatures are mild with humidity below 70 percent. Temperatures during this season average between 32 and 50 degrees F. Summer is usually hot and humid in this Midwest state. Low temperatures remain in the low sixties with high temperatures near 90 degrees F. The highest rainfall of the year occurs during the summer months. Fall is an excellent time to visit the state with low humidity and rainfall and moderate temperatures.

R.R. #2, Box 27
Oquawka, IL 61469

Phone: 309.374.2496

Email: bigriver@dnrmail.state.il.us
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