Activities & Hiking

“We’re like the History Channel meets National Geographic,” said a recent hiker! And, we have to agree! Starved Rock State Park & Lodge is the best getaway in Illinois if you enjoy hiking, outdoor adventure, history and architectural landmarks. We have year ’round guided hikes, trolley tours, shopping, special events, educational programs, park activities and a variety of other fun things to do.

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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! We offer both offer  historic and seasonal tours (Discover the Eagle Tours in the winter, Waterfalls & Canyon Tours in the spring, Fall Colors Tours in Autumn and…

Reservations: (815) 220-7386 · Seasonal Tours · Wedding Rentals
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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 as you relax and enjoy the show in a memorable setting…

Live! Musical Tribute Shows • Lunch & Dinner Shows • (815) 220-7386
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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 an adventurous visit to the park!   The Starved Rock Gift Shop (located in historic Starved Rock Lodge) will surprise you with its selection eagle watching souvenirs,…

Gifts & Souvenirs · Elegant Fashions · Wine · GIFT CARDS
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Events, Hiking & Calendar

Our goal is to transform everyday events into a fun experience 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…

Year 'round Guided Hikes • Tours & More
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Music in the Back Door Lounge (Fridays 8-11 pm)

Stop by the Back Door Lounge & Veranda for casual dining. Outdoor dining on the Veranda is available when warm weather returns! Kick back and relax with some Gorgonzola Nachos and Starved Rock Signature Ale.  Join us for live music every Friday night in The Back Door…

(815)220-7322 • Music every Friday 8-11pm
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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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New Year’s Eve Party

Join us in the Great Hall for our  annual New Year’s Eve Party at Starved Rock Lodge. This year’s theme is “Under the Sea”.  The setting is the Great Hall of historic Starved Rock Lodge. You’ll enjoy an evening filled with fun, food and music.…

New Year's Eve Party! All-inclusive Overnight Package. Call (815) 220-7386
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Indoor Pool & more!

Our indoor pool complex is open year ’round! Spend some time swimming a few laps. Or, kick back and relax in our hot tub or saunas.  Our gated, children’s pool is perfect for pre-school swimmers. Feel free to bring waterwings and pool toys.

Indoor Pool · Open year 'round · Saunas · Children's Pool
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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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Dedicated to Seniors

At Starved Rock, we are dedicated to seniors! Our Lodge offers the perfect combination  a great historical attraction with fun activities for everyone. We have water cruises, guided hiking, and musical tribute shows. Our “Tribute to the Stars” packages come with lunch or dinner and an overnight stay!  We pride ourselves…

Unique Activities · Getaway Packages · Dedicated to Seniors
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“I Love Starved Rock” Photo Contest

The “I LOVE STARVED ROCK” 2015 PHOTO CONTEST is now underway! So, grab your camera (0r your SmartPhone) and take the best photos you can at Starved Rock or Matthiessen State Park. If you upload your photos to social media, please add the hashtag #lovestarvedrock.…

Enter your best photo today! Photo Show on Feb. 22, 2015
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Art in the Park

Starved Rock Lodge’s Art in the Park Exhibit  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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Paint & Wine Classes at The Studio

  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 is designed with creativity…

(815) 220-7386 You are the Artist! Wine & Fun!
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Water Cruises

Our water cruise season runs from June through October, depending on the tour. These popular tours includes a leisurely cruise with optional dinner or lunch. It’s the summer’s best adventure!   For tickets & information, just dial 815-220-7386. UPCOMING EVENTS Search for upcoming cruises, tours, & specials.

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

Starved Rock has so much to do inside the park, with amazing (seasonal) waterfalls,  13 miles of trails to explore all the high canyons and bluff views, plus wildflowers and wildlife.  The Illinois River offers fishing (ice fishing, too), boating, extraordinary views and great places…

Fishing & Hunting · Horseback Riding · Waterfalls · Picnicking & More