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.
Many of the Henderson County park’s 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.
The 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.
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 accepted.
Fishing and Boating
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.
For 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 camping.
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 gatherings.
Drinking water and toilets are provided, and a playground is located near the center picnic area. Cooking fires are permitted only in the camp stoves. Open fires are prohibited.
Two marked trails covering nearly 2 miles traverse through the woodland for the enjoyment of nature lovers and wildlife observers.
Many visitors take advantage of the backwaters of the Mississippi River for ice fishing and, when the ice is thick enough, ice skating.