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.
of the Henderson County parks 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.
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.
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
water and toilets are provided, and a playground is located near the center
Cooking fires are permitted only in the camp stoves. Open fires are prohibited.
Tent and trailer campsites are available. Electrical hook-ups, drinking
water, a sanitary station and a jet pump for filling trailers are present.
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
Two marked trails covering nearly 2 miles traverse through the woodland
for the enjoyment of nature lovers and wildlife observers.
River fishing is popular at Delabar State Park. Boats with motors of any
size are allowed on the river. A boat ramp at the south end of the
park and two boat docks make river access easy. No boat
rentals are available at the park, however, there is a marina nearby.
anglers who prefer to fish lakes, Delabar State Park is located near Gladstone
Lake in Henderson County Conservation Area. The 27-acre lake
has a maximum depth of 25 feet and 1 1/2 miles of shoreline. The site offers anglers a
variety of fish, a boat ramp, picnicking areas and
Sports: Many visitors take advantage of the backwaters of the Mississippi
River for ice fishing and, when the ice is thick enough, ice skating.
- While groups of 25 or
more are welcome and encouraged to use the park's facilities, they are required
to register in advance with the site office to avoid crowding or scheduling
- At least one responsible
adult must accompany each group of 15 minors.
- Pets must be kept on
leashes at all times.
- Actions by nature can
result in closed roads and other facilities. Please call ahead to the park
office before you make your trip.
- We hope you enjoy your
stay. Remember, take only memories, leave only footprints.
- For more information
on tourism in Illinois, call the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community
Affairs' Bureau of Tourism at 1-800-2Connect.
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