Prophetstown State Recreation Area

Prophetstown State Park is an Illinois state park on 53 acres (21 ha) in Whiteside County, Illinois, United States. Situated on south bank of the Rock River adjoining modern Prophetstown, Illinois, it was the site of a native American village founded by Ho-Chunk chief Wabokieshiek (also known as White Cloud) along the Sauk Trail and populated in the early 19th century by Native Americans of various tribes who did not wish to evacuate across the Mississippi River as whites emigrated to the area. It became a strategic target during the Black Hawk War. Illinois militia general Samuel Whiteside ordered the recently abandoned village burned on May 10, 1832.

Prophetstown State Park
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Map showing the location of Prophetstown State Park
Map showing the location of Prophetstown State Park
Map of the U.S. state of Illinois showing the location of Prophetstown State Park
LocationWhiteside County, Illinois, USA
Nearest cityProphetstown, Illinois
Coordinates41°40′19″N 89°55′26″W / 41.67194°N 89.92389°W / 41.67194; -89.92389Coordinates: 41°40′19″N 89°55′26″W / 41.67194°N 89.92389°W / 41.67194; -89.92389
Area53 acres (21 ha)
Governing bodyIllinois Department of Natural Resources
WebsiteOfficial Website

Pursuant to the efforts of newspaperman and 10-term Prophetstown mayor George S. Brydia, who also served many terms as a representative in the Illinois General Assembly, the state park was founded in 1947. Gov. William G. Stratton formally dedicated the park on September 18, 1953.

It has a campground and other facilities, but may be closed (especially before May 1 annually) due to flooding or budget constraints.


  • "Prophetstown State Park". Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  • USGS. "Prophetstown State Park, USGS Prophetstown (IL) Quad". TopoQuest. Retrieved 2008-07-05.