Fishing on Morrison-Rockwood State Park

Fishing on Lake Carlton

Any visit to Morrison, IL must include a trip to Morrison-Rockwood State Park.  This picturesque state park featuring beautiful Lake Carlton, a stream-fed reservoir, offers a variety of recreational opportunities including picnicking, camping, fishing, boating, trails, and an abundance of wildlife.   Winter sports such as ice fishing, ice skating, and cross-country skiing are also popular at the park.  Located north of Morrison in Whiteside County, the park comprises 1,150 acres.  Established in 1971, the park is named for the city of Morrison and a combination of nearby Rock Creek and the heavily wooded park area–Rockwood.  Concessions are available seasonally at Rockwood Restaurant and Marina, offering boat rentals, bait sales and a dining area that offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and their famous Friday Night Fish Fry.  Contact at (815) 772-3613.


For more information about the park call (815) 772-4708 or visit the Illinois Department of Natural Resources at Illinois Free Fishing Days are June 6, 7, 8, and 9, 2014.


  • Groups of 25 or more are required to register in advance with the site office to avoid crowding or scheduling conflicts.
  • At least one responsible adult must accompany each group of 15 minors.
  • Pets must be kept on leashes at all times.
  • Actions by nature can result in closed roads and other facilities.
  • Remember, take only memories, leave only footprints.