Laona Heights Sugar River Colored Sands Sugar River Two Rivers Ferguson Hartley Memorial Trask Bridge Four Lakes Pecatonica River Pecatonica Wetlands Crooked River Grove Creek Seward Bluffs Klehm Forest Preserve Severson Dells Fuller Memorial Cedar Cliff Indian Hill Hinchliff Memorial Kilbuck Bluffs Trailside Kishwaukee Gorge South Kishwaukee Gorge North Rockford Rotary Kishwaukee River Oak Ridge Blackhawk Springs Deer Run Espenscheid Memorial McKiski County Line Kieselburg Roland Olson Stone Bridge Clayton Andrews Ledges Hononegah J. Norman Jensen Millrace Isle Macktown Atwood Homestead Forest Preserve Headquarters


Hononegah is FPWC’s oldest preserve and one of its most popular. Purchased in 1924, the preserve is located on the north bank of the Rock River and bisected by Dry Run Creek. The preserve was once a camping area of Stephen Mack, the county’s first European settler, and Hononegah, his Native American wife. Upon entering the preserve, visitors will enjoy the drive over the Rainbow Bridge and up into the cool maple grove. The campground has campsites interspersed in a mature stand of white oaks and hickories. A launch for fishing boat access to the Rock River is available.

Hononegah’s majestic woods make it a popular spot to enjoy fall color displays and woodland wildflowers in spring.

Acres: 228.2
Access Road: Yes
Restrooms: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Picnic Tables: Yes
Shelterhouses: 3
Bird Grove: 70 max. people, 7 tables, 42 seats, No electricity, No vehicle access, Stone shelter with fireplace.
Indian Rest: 200 max. people, 21 tables, 126 seats, Electricity, No vehicle access.
Towering Pines: 300 max. people, 21 tables, 126 seats, Electricity, No vehicle access.
Playground Equipment: Yes
Ball Fields: Yes
Soccer Fields: Yes
Horseback Trails: No
Hiking Trails(miles): 2.7
Campground Sites: 57
Boat Launch: 1
Canoe Launch: Yes
18 Hole Golf Course: No
Illinois Nature Preserve: No
Special Facilities: Bike Path Access, Youth/Scout Camp
Donated Land: No
Natural Areas: No
All reservations subject to the GENERAL USE ORDINANCE.

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Campground Map

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#80 Hononegah Road, Rockton, IL 61072
8 miles north of Rockford. North 2nd Street to Hononegah Road, west 2 miles.

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Shelterhouse *Fees
Max People Tables Seating Electric Playground
Bird Grove $50 $75 70 7 42 No Yes
Indian Rest $85 $115 200 21 126 Yes No
Towering Pines $85 $115 300 21 126 Yes No

*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

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Hononegah Campground$13/unit$23/unit
Senior (62 and over) & disabled$11/unit$21/unit
Electric hookup (additional) $8/unit$8/unit
Firewood from host (when available)$7/bundle$7/bundle
Non-camper dump station use fee$20$30

*Residents or Non-residents of Winnebago County

There will be limited sites available with electric at Hononegah Campground for the 2021 season. No reservations available at this time. 

Campsites at Hononegah Campground are on a first-come first-served basis (please register with the campground host or in the absence of a host, please use the self-registration station).

Cash or Check Only at Campground