Black Hawk State Historic Site

 Weddings and


Voted #1 Best Place for a Wedding Reception
by the
River Cities Reader
Fall 2010
Best of the Quad Cities

The Watchtower Lodge is available for weddings,  wedding receptions, business meetings, conferences, dinners, other events.

Set alongside the Rock River in the beautiful bluffs and forests of the Rock River Valley, this 75 year old lodge was built entirely from local limestone and timber. Designed by state architect Joseph Booton in 1932, the lodge was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933-1935. The large main room has two massive stone fireplaces, original woodwork, and a spacious scenic patio.

Featured in the main room are two murals painted in 1936 by Works Progress Administration (WPA) artist Otto Hake. The murals depict the seasonal activities of the Sauk and Mesquakie Indian people.

Other amenities:
Fully equipped kitchen available including refrigerators, sinks,
    counters, and stoves.
•   Use your choice of catering service, or supply your own food.
Room for 250 people.
•   Ample parking.
•   Alcohol is allowed.
•   Helpful and courteous staff.

Friday - Sunday              Rental Fee: $1,000 - $250 damage deposit
Weekday and evening rentals vary depending on the organization and the activity.

Call (309) 230-8885 or email

Open year-round.

All rental fees go to the Citizens to Preserve Black Hawk Park Foundation to help maintain the historic site and to provide educational programs.