Prophetstown State Park, on the northeast edge of Prophetstown along the south bank of the Rock River in Whiteside County, is a scenic and historic area offering a variety of recreational facilities. Once the site of an American Indian village, the 53-acre park derives its name from the Native American prophet Wa-bo-kie-shiek.
Prophetstown became a state park in 1947 in legislation sponsored by State Rep. George S. Brydia, who had served 10 terms as mayor of Prophetstown. Gov. William G. Stratton dedicated the park in formal ceremonies there on Sept. 18, 1953.
An open, well-shaded area is available for both tent and trailer camping. There are electrical outlets and a dump station available for trailers, 43 of which are availale for reservation through ReserveAmerica. Water hydrants and privy toilets are located throughout the area. There also is a shower building with flush toilets.
Anglers will find largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie, channel and flathead catfish, bullhead, carp, sauger and walleye in the Rock River. You also can throw a line in Coon Creek. A concrete boat ramp is available for easy boat launching. There is no horsepower limit on boat motors.
Wa-bo-kie-shiek nature trail follows the edge of Coon Creek for approximately 1/3 of a mile. It offers access for anglers while also providing a scenic walk for hikers.
Visitors who enjoy competition in horseshoe pitching will enjoy the six courts available in the picnic area.
Hunting is available at the Big Bend State Fish & Wildlife Area, located just 4 miles from Prophetstown.
Picnic tables and stoves are provided. No cooking may be done except on camp or park stoves. The area offers a picnic shelter and playground equipment. Drinking water and privy toilets are also located on the area.
While swimming is not allowed in the park, many park visitors enjoy swimming in the Prophetstown Park District indoor pool, located about four blocks away.
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