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. 

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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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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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Wilderness Wednesdays, Storytelling & More!

Summertime at Starved Rock Lodge means great, but fun educational programming and storytelling on Saturday nights. Both activities are family-friendly. The meeting place is FOX RIDGE (located directly across from the main steps of Starved Rock Lodge). Join us every Wednesday (thru Aug. 27) at 3 :00…

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Tim Gleason Wins WALLS 102′s 2014 Country Showdown

Tim Gleason of Yorkville, is the winner of the 2014 WALLS 102 Country Showdown finals held on the Veranda at Starved Rock Lodge on Tuesday, July 15. And what a week it was, Gleason just became a new father last Thursday when his son, Brennan, was…

State finals on Thursday-August 21, 2014
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Live Entertainment & Outdoor Dining

Stop by the Back Door Lounge & Veranda for casual dining. Outdoor dining on the Veranda is available for lunch and dinner. Kick back and relax with a one-of-a-kind view of Starved Rock and the Illinois River Valley. Cool off inside The Back Door Lounge,…

(815) 220-7322 • Outdoor dining! Live music every Friday & Saturday
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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 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

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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Woman’s Outdoor Workshop (Nov. 14 & 15, 2014)

Trade in your to-do list for a day for yourself and your friends. Join us for  Starved Rock Lodge’s Woman’s Outdoor Workshop on November 14th and 15th. It’s $150.00 per person (Saturday only) and sure to be filled with somethings you don’t do everyday!  Ever…

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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!