Thorpe Park/County Conservation Offices

This park houses the offices of the Winnebago County Conservation Board and is truly a "multiple use" area. It contains a wetland that is popular with waterfowl hunters in the fall, and 15-acre Lake Catherine, which provides a quiet fishing spot year-round. Much of the park is made up of an oak-hickory savanna with numerous prairie areas. A rental cabin along the lake provides an excellent getaway, as well! Trumpeter swans often nest at the park, and the area is also popular with family campers and picnickers.  


Located 5 1/2 miles West of Forest City on B14, 1 1/2 miles North, 1 mile West


There are 13 campsites with electricity and water hook ups and 2 primitive tent only campsites. There is a pit toilet at the campground and also one by the shelter house on the North East side of the lake. There are 2 fishing jetties and 2 docks on the lake. One of the docks has a boat ramp beside it (electric motors only).

Operating Hours & Seasons

Campsites are typically open from May through mid-October.


There is no deer or turkey hunting allowed in Thorpe Park.