Activities

Starved Rock State Park & Lodge is the best getaway in Illinois if you enjoy outdoor adventure, history, great architecture and fun! Guided hikes, trolley tours, shopping, special events, educational programs, park activities & much more are offered year ’round. Bring your camera. Don’t miss our upcoming Owl Prowl Weekend in March!

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CLICK HERE to learn more about Starved Rock State Park & the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

CLICK HERE to learn more about park events & The Starved Rock Foundation.

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Events, Hiking & Calendar

Our goal is to offer events for guests of all ages. Check our calendar for hundreds of things to do at Starved Rock State Park & Lodge. LIKE us on Facebook for all the current updates. Please go to our website’s home page to LIKE all…

Year 'round Guided Hikes • Tours & More
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Corporate Giveaway: Win a Meeting!

Corporate Giveaway: “Win A Meeting!” You could win $500 toward your Corporate Retreat at the beautiful Starved Rock Lodge. Available Monday–Thursday Expires: April 30, 2014 Learn More about our Meeting Facilities & Catering      

Enter Today • Win $500 Toward Your Corporate Retreat
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Paint & Wine Classes at The Studio

  NEW for 2014!! We’ve created a great way to spend some time with family, friends or just to treat yourself to a few hours of fun! Starved Rock Lodge has teamed up with its sister store, Cattails, to open “The Studio”.  This new space…

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Back Door Lounge & Veranda Dining

Stop by the Back Door Lounge & Veranda for casual dining. Kick back and relax with a one-of-a-kind view of Starved Rock and the Illinois River Valley. The view gets better each day as fall colors come to town. Join us every Friday night for…

(815) 220-7322• Relax & Unwind• Outdoor Dining & Fun
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Massages

A healing massage can soothe your body, mind and soul.  Getting a massage just feels amazing.  You can feel the tension literally being worked out of your muscles.  The pressure from a therapist’s hand movements comes into play again, improving your circulation.  Sound good?  You…

Reserve your massage today: (815) 667-4211 · Wedding Packages
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Shopping at Starved Rock is fun!

Shopping at Starved Rock Lodge & Starved Rock Marketplace is one of our guest’s favorite things to do, after hiking!  Located near and in Utica, Illinois (near the intersection of I-80 and I-39).  The Starved Rock Gift Shop (located in historic Starved Rock Lodge) will surprise…

Gifts & Souvenirs · Elegant Fashions · Wine · GIFT CARDS
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Musical Tribute Shows

If you love Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline and performers from yesteryear, you’ll love our Tribute to the Stars series. Each musical tribute show includes lunch or dinner, entertainers that take you back in time and a memorable setting in the historic ambiance of our…

Live Musical Tribute Shows • Lunch & Dinner Shows • 815- 220-7386
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Trolley Tours & Rentals

Take a tour of beautiful Starved Rock on Ranger or Bella! There’s no better way to ride! Ranger seats up to 26 guests in its cozy, charming interior. Bella is our Wedding Trolley & Special Event Trolley, with seats for up to 22 guests. Plus…

Reservations: (815) 220-7386 · Seasonal Tours · Wedding Rentals
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Pool, Sauna, & Hot Tub

Our indoor pool complex is open year ’round! Enjoy the hot tub, two saunas and a gated, children’s pool…all under one roof. Just outside the west doors is our pool patio where you can relax under the pines and read your favorite book!

Indoor Pool · Open year round · Hot Tub & 2 Saunas · Children's Pool
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Dedicated to Seniors

At Starved Rock, we are dedicated to our Seniors! Our Lodge offers the perfect combination – the ambiance of a great historical stay with fun activities and entertainment. We have cruises, boat trips, garden tours, hiking, and ENTERTAINMENT. Our “Tribute to the Stars” packages are truly unique.…

Unique Activities · Getaway Packages · Dedicated to Seniors
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Eagle Watching

Each year, the American Bald Eagle flocks to Starved Rock to feed on fish at the Lock and Dam.  Illinois is second only to Alaska for eagle watching!  Join the thousands of people that are grabbing their binoculars every winter and head out to Starved…

Eagle Watching Hot Spots * Bald Eagle Trolley Tours * Eagle Facts
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Art in the Park

Art in the Park at Starved Rock Lodge is the largest collection of chainsaw woodcarvings in the Midwest.  The centerpiece of the exhibit is the large Native American Indian head in front of the Lodge – entitled Chief Walks with the Wind.  This carving is…

Largest Collection of Chainsaw Art in the Midwest! Free exhibit.
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Wine Tasting

Starved Rock wines, made with grapes grown in Illinois, are featured every Saturday in the Lobby at Starved Rock Lodge.   Try our number one guest favorite;  Starved Rock Bubbly (made just for us by August Hill Winery). Please join us during your visit.  The…

WIne Tasting • Locally Grown • Imported Wines
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Water Cruises

Our water cruise season has ended. Cruises on the “Belle of the Rock”, an authentic paddle wheel boat or the Canal Boat will resume again next June. This popular tour includes a leisurely cruise on the picturesque Illinois River with optional dinner or lunch. It’s…

Reservations: (800) 868-7625 ext.386 · Tours & Meal Packages
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Kids Corner

Hey kids! Looking for fun and facts to help plan your visit to Starved Rock State Park? You have come to the right place. Explore our fun online resources & get to Starved Rock for endless activities & Educational Programs. The information below is provided thanks to the Illinois…

Educational Programs · Endless Adventures · Family Fun
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Park & Area Activities

Amazing (seasonal) waterfalls are active in the spring and after heavy rains. We have 13 miles of trails to explore. CLICK HERE for GPS coordinates of our canyons!!  The Illinois River offers fishing (ice fishing, too), boating, extraordinary views and great places to relax. The…

Fishing & Hunting · Horseback Riding · Waterfalls · Picnicking & More
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2014 Oktoberfest Dinners at Starved Rock Lodge

2014 Oktoberfest Dinners will be offered on: Saturday & Sunday, October 11 & 12, 2014 (Burgoo Festival Weekend) and Saturday & Sunday, October 18 & 19, 2014 (Fall Colors Weekend) Dinners run from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Great Hall & Starved Rock Room…

October 12 & 13 OR October 19 & 20! German food, music, beer & wine!
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New Year’s Eve Party

Join us in the Great Hall for our  annual New Year’s Eve Party at Starved Rock Lodge. An evening filled with fun, food and music. The best part is, you don’t have to drive home. Check into the historic Lodge on December 31st. Invite your…

New Year's Eve Party! All-inclusive Overnight Package. Call (815) 220-7386
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Annual Photo Contest

The number one visited state park in Illinois is a backdrop for photographers from all over the United States.  The deep canyons not only have a story and rich history, but are sought after for great photography.  The Lodge has an annual photo contest to…

Check back for details on next year's photo contest!