Lowell Park


Lowell Park is a 200-acre woodland along the Rock River, it has beautiful scenic drives, hiking trails, dedicated natural area, picnic shelters, nature center, playgrounds, boat access of which are handicap accessible, and great fishing spots. Lowell Park is one of many parks in the Dixon Park District in Dixon, Illinois. 

  • Foot traffic is allowed from 6:00 AM till 11:00 PM.
  • Park gates will be open from 6:00 AM till 9:00 PM.
  • Non-motorized use of Lowell Park 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Please Practice Leave No Trace Principles

  • Know Before You Go
  • Stick to Trails and Camp Overnight Right
  • Trash Your Trash and
  • Pick Up Poop
  • Leave it as You Find it
  • Be Careful with Fire
  • Keep Wildlife Wild
  • Share Your Trails and Manage Your Pet

Ronald Reagan at Lowell Park

This park is on the National Register of Historic places. President Ronald Reagan spent his summers here as a lifeguard and reminisced on how much influence the experiences here had on him.

Footage of Reagan working at Lowell Park.



Alcohol is prohibited in the park


  • Motorized vehicles are restricted to the roadways and parking lots only.
  • Bicycles are welcome on the roadways at Lowell Park.  Bicyclist are requested to obey one-way road restrictions. 
  • NO bicycle traffic is allowed on trails. 
  • Snowmobiles are prohibited on park roads and trails, unless posted.
  • Parking on the grass is prohibited.
  • Following  a storm, the gates may remain closed until staff clears parking areas and roadways.

Camping is prohibited at Lowell Park

Dogs are welcome at Lowell Park as long as they are leashed and in control of the handler.  Dogs are not allowed in the playground areas for health reasons. 

Please practice Leave No Trace Principles by cleaning up after your pet, i.e. removing all waste from the site and taking it with you.


  • Fires are restricted to grills or fire rings. 
  • Please make certain your fire is out cold before departing. 
  • Charcoal grills are provided at each of the picnic shelters

Smoking is prohibited in all Dixon Park District parks

Speed Limit
The speed limit is 15 mph, unless otherwise posted.

There are no garbage cans at Lowell Park.  Please plan ahead for the removal of any waste by carrying out what you carry in.


We accept shelter reservations beginning January 1st, 2019. Fees are $35 for residents and $50 for non residents (outside the City and Park District limits).

Shelters Tables Grills Electricity Garbage Cans Restrooms
Lions Shelter 16 grill and fireplace Yes Yes Flush Toilet at RENC.
Raymond Shelter 1 fireplace No No Flush Toilet at RENC.
Barton Shelter 1 fireplace No No Flush Toilet at RENC.
Hoberg Shelter 1 fireplace No No Flush Toilet at RENC.
Lowell Shelter 1 fireplace No No Flush Toilet at RENC.
Vaile Shelter 1 fireplace No No Flush Toilet at RENC.
Pitcher Shelter 1 fireplace No No Flush Toilet at RENC.
Woodcote 10 fireplace, stove, microwave Yes Yes Flush Toilet
Reagan Bathhouse 8 refrigerator Ceiling fan Yes Flush Toilet at RENC

Call 815-284-3306 for emergencies after hours

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Our Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Dixon Park District to maintain a high standard of leadership and competency in the promotion of sound environmental practices and lifestyles, and to maintain a creative and efficient park and recreation system.

Park Board Meetings

  • The public is encouraged to attend.
  • Meetings are the third Wednesday of each month at 6 pm at the park office.
  • The December Board meeting is the second Wednesday of the month.
  • Agendas, Minutes, Audits and Financials posted are on this website

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