Illinois River Forks State Park

Park History

The original tracts were purchased in 1961, with an 80-acre lease obtained from the Bureau of Land Management in 1962. Generous gifts from Margaret McGee in 1976 and 1977 brought the park to its present size. Illinois River was so named because the Althouse brothers of Illinois found gold in the river after migrating to Oregon in 1849.


Invigorated by a tremendous community effort to re-open and renovate Illinois River Forks State Park, a collaborative Adopt-a-Park agreement between key community partners, volunteers, Illinois Valley Community Development Organization and OPRD was finalized in 2012.

Acreage: 288

Annual day-use attendance: 163,056

Illinois River Forks State Park FAQ


Where is the horseback riding?

The Horseback riding trail is located at the West Forks Trail system just 3 miles outside of Kerby.


Are pets allowed?

Yes, pets are allowed at this park. Please bring a bag for cleaning up after your pet and keep on a leash at all times.

Statewide FAQ

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