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2221 Freeport Road, Rockton, IL 61072


Macktown, the first settlement in Winnebago County founded in the 1830’s, gives this forest preserve its name, but this unique site is rich with Native American history as well. And it’s home to Macktown Golf Course opened in 1931. This unique spot at the confluence of the Pecatonica and Rock Rivers has attracted people throughout history and still draws thousands of people each year for historical reenactments, golf, boating and picnicking.

The Macktown historic settlement is programmed by Macktown Living History which provides interpretive programs. The area around the 1839 Stephen Mack Home and the Whitman Trading Post is designated a National Historical District. Original buildings have been restored as historic museums. Macktown historic site also offers two Native American Indian Villages. The Macktown Living History Visitor’s Center and the historic village are open for special events throughout the year and for tours by appointment. Learn more at

Macktown Golf Courses’ mature trees and established conditions make it a popular course for all levels of golfers. This sporty course was built in the 1930s to present a variety of golf alternatives so that golfers may select the tees most appropriate for their ability. Enjoy lunch or a cool beverage in the charming historic clubhouse. Tee times may be reserved online at

Acres: 280.8
Access Road: Yes
Restrooms: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Picnic Tables: Yes
Shelterhouses: 1
Highland: Wood shelter, 200 max. people, 21 tables, 126 seats, Electricity, Vehicle access, 30 more tables in area for a total of 300 people. Electricity, plug-in box only.
Playground Equipment: No
Ball Fields: No
Horseback Trails: No
Hiking Trails(miles): 0.2
Campground Sites: No
Boat Launch: 1
Canoe Launch: Yes
18 Hole Golf Course: Yes
Illinois Nature Preserve: No
Special Facilities: Historical District, Clubhouse, Pro Shop, Education Center
Donated Land: No
Natural Areas: No
All reservations subject to the GENERAL USE ORDINANCE.

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