There are various entry points as Loud Thunder Road runs through the middle of the park.
Site Amenities and Recreation Opportunities:
Loud Thunder is the largest of the Rock Island County forest preserves and sits in southwest Rock Island County off Highway 92. The Illinois Great River Road National Scenic Byway winds through the picturesque landscapes of the Preserve. Loud Thunder affords many recreational opportunities including camping, hiking, boating, and fishing. The Loud Thunder Forest Preserve provides an inspirational outdoor experience while expressing the importance of maintaining the flora and fauna.
6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Special Closings and Special Events:
Campgrounds and boat rental, April 1 to October 31 depending on weather conditions.
Natural Site Characteristics:
One of the main attractions at Loud Thunder is Lake George, which is a 167-acre man-made lake. Nestled in the wooded hills of the preserve, the man-made lake has a maximum depth of 55 feet. The lake is stocked with many varieties of fish, including Bluegill, Large Mouth Bass, Crappie, Channel Catfish, Bullhead and Muskellunge. A sports fishing license from the State of Illinois is required for fishing on Lake George. Gas motors are not allowed on the lake, creating a peaceful environment for canoeing, sailing, boating and fishing. Boat rentals are available as well as concessions.