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Atwood Homestead

Atwood Homestead is a 338-acre preserve along the Rock River. The majority of the preserve is comprised of the golf course and clubhouse. The general recreation portion of the preserve offers two picnic shelters, boat ramp, canoe access, and two docks. Atwood Homestead extensive river frontage offers scenic views of the river. A major attraction at this preserve is the beautiful 18-hole golf course and historic limestone club house.

Atwood Homestead’s player-friendly golf course opened in 1971 on land donated by Seth B. Atwood. The large stone family homestead has been remodeled and serves as the clubhouse and pro shop. The course was designed by Charles Maddox to present a variety of golf alternatives so that golfers may select the tees most appropriate for their ability. Tee times may be reserved online at

Acres: 338
Access Road: Yes
Restrooms: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Picnic Tables: Yes
Shelterhouses: 2
Old Settlers: Wood shelter, 300 max. people, 24 tables, 144 seats, No electricity, Vehicle access.
River Oaks: Wood shelter, 300 max. people, 21 tables, 126 seats, No electricity, Vehicle access.
Playground Equipment: Yes
Ball Fields: Yes
Horseback Trails: No
Hiking Trails(miles): 0.2
Campground Sites: No
Boat Launch: 2
Canoe Launch: Yes
18 Hole Golf Course: Yes
Illinois Nature Preserve: No
Special Facilities: 18 Hole Golf Course, Historic Clubhouse
Donated Land: Yes
Natural Areas: No
All reservations subject to the GENERAL USE ORDINANCE.

Trail Map

Download a printable trail map here.


8990 Old River Road, Rockford, IL 61103
6 miles north of Rockford (Highway 2) to Latham Road. Latham Road (west of the Rock River) to Old River Road. North 1 mile.

Shelterhouses 360° Views


Shelterhouse *Fees
Max People Tables Seating Electric Playground
Old Settlers $75 $100 300 24 144 No No
River Oaks $75 $100 300 21 126 No Yes

*Residents or non-residents of Winnebago County


Reservations are Non-refundable and Non-transferable

All shelters reservations are FULL day reservations. Shelter use is from 7:00am – Sunset. (Preserves close a half hour after sunset)

Shelters MUST be reserved 3 days in advance

$2.00 convenience fee added to credit card purchases