Lowell Park:

2114 Lowell Park Road
Dixon, Illinois 61021

200 Acres ~ Picnic Tables ~ 9 Shelters ~ Playground ~ Ball Diamond
7 miles Cross Country Skiing ~ 2 Boat Ramps/Docks ~ Hiking Trails ~ Nature Center

Until you have walked through this nature wonderland, will you not appreciate this wonderful gift that was presented to the City of Dixon near the turn of the 19th century. Established in 1907, it has stood through all these years as a place whereby people could relax and enjoy recreation to its fullest. It is where Ronald Reagan took a summer job as a lifeguard and is reported to have saved 77 people from the river during his tenure. We hope you will enjoy the picturesque scenery and that some day you will visit this magnificent park which is on the National Register Of Historic Places.

The limestone columns have graced the entryway to the park for so many years. The one on the right is beautifully covered with ivy as it remains in bright sunlight.

The Ruth Edwards Nature Center has a variety of displays that will make you more aware of the park surroundings. There are also live animals to educate both children and adults in the intricacies of nature. All animals at the Nature Center are licensed as "educational" animals or birds through the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  

The scenic overlook from the park has been an artists' delight for nearly a century. You can view the scenery for miles and observe the river meandering along its course.

One of the many old shelter structures that are placed throughout the park. This one is near the scenic overlook.

ADA boat ramps/docks are available for those people who wish to go boating, water skiing or fishing.

The beautiful park setting, the waves lapping at the shoreline, and a cool breeze in the air, are all the ingredients for a relaxing day in the park.

Another of the old shelter structures used for many, many years by families and visitors.

Lowell Park is graced by good roads throughout the park. Along the river bottom they are wide and accomodate two-way traffic, unlike some of the roads which traverse the park in only one direction..

This is the spring house that served the park visitors with fresh spring water. It was a gathering spot to have a cool drink, enjoy conversation, and look over the thousands of people who frequented the park on weekends. The days of a swimming beach at the park are gone, but there are still the photographs and memories to share. A bronze plaque on the wall tells of the donation of the park to the city.

The grounds are beautifully maintained, and hiking trails are plentiful. There is a bike/hiking trail leading from Dixon 3.5 miles to the park. Lowell Park provides something for all to enjoy. Take some time and enjoy one of Dixon's wonderful assets.