Starved Rock becomes a winter wonderland between January and early March. Migrating bald eagles reside here in cold weather. We know of several nests located on private property in LaSalle County and we know baby eagles hatched here in the spring of 2012 & 2013. This package includes one overnight stay for two guests, a $40.00 voucher for dinner in the Main Dining Room, and a $15.00 voucher for breakfast in the Main Dining Room the next morning. Package is available Monday through Thursday nights from January 1st through March 31, 2014. The Dining Room is open until 8:00 pm on weekdays during these package times. Bring your binoculars (and your camera) and see bald eagles in flight and along the Illinois River Valley. Family Cabins are excluded from packages.
The view from the top of Eagle Cliff is worth the walk. Eagles feed at the Lock & Dam and this is a great place to take photos (if you have a telephoto lens). You can also drive over to the IL Waterway Visitor Center and see Plum Island and Leopold Island. Eagles and eaglets nest in the trees on these islands and can be seen from the upper deck of the Visitor Center. If you drive along Route 71, head east from the Lodge toward Ottawa, stop at Lone Point Shelter and you may see eagles perched in trees. Another great viewing spot is near the boat ramp at Starved Rock State Park in the early morning hours. Weekly eagle counts are conducted at the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center.