Ogle and Lee Counties

The counties of Ogle and Lee and their surrounding area often are referred to as the Sauk Valley. Located 100 miles west of Chicago, in Northwestern Illinois, the area is comprised of three major communities of Dixon, Sterling and Rock Falls, as well as numerous smaller communities. Together they make up this scenic area, with the metro markets of Rockford and the Quad Cities less than 60 miles away.

This prime location has made the Sauk Valley Area a desirable market for commerce, retail trade, tourism and housing. Along with a thriving industry, the Sauk Valley Area offers an abundance of recreational opportunities along the scenic Rock River. Canoeing, kayaking, fishing and rafting are among the summer highlights, with rock climbing, hiking and camping rounding out the mix. One of the highlights is the Nachusa Grasslands, 3,500 acres tallgrass prairie conservancy located near Franklin Grove, where bison roam and all manner of wildlife flourish.

But this burgeoning area is more than just a summer recreation spot. Year by year, dining, festivals, culture and art expand in these quaint communities, offering residents and visitors alike a blend of rural comfort and modern growth.