valley woodcarvers expo

2018 Valley Woodcarvers’ Expo

See over 100 exhibits of woodcarving artists. Outside the Lodge, see chainsaw woodcarving in action. Raffles of woodcarvings and other items, too. Open to the public. Free admission. This program is partially funded by the Illinois Valley Fine Arts Trust. For more information, contact Bob Wills at (815) 634-3086.

Mr. Elephant’s Starved Rock Adventure

Here’s the story of a lost stuffed animal who spent the day at Starved Rock Lodge until his drive back home to his owner. With wind chills of 15 below zero, he decided to pass on a guided hike and instead roamed around the Lodge. Mr. Elephant was in good hands during his trip and the employees at Starved Rock took him on some unforgettable adventures. Mr. Elephant stopped by the Cafe to browse some homemade fudge The cashier Read More


Owl Prowl 2017

Owl Prowl Weekend March 10, 11 & 12 FRIDAY (3/10) AND SATURDAY (3/11) – Owl Night Walks: $10/adults, $7/children 10 & under Steve Bailey, an ornithologist, will be here for Owl Programs and Owl Walks. Programs are at 6:00 pm with an Owl Walk to follow on both days, finishing back at the lodge around 8:00 pm. Price is $10 for adults and $7 for children 10 & under. Everyone should plan on bringing a flashlight. During Read More


Historic Trolley Tours
(M-Fri 3pm Departure)

March: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm April-May: Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm June-October: Monday-Saturday: 3-4:30 pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm November-December: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Pricing $12/adult $10/seniors (60 & over) $8/children (10 & under) Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall of the Lodge. Learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge. Travel to the Lock and Dam, through Read More



Storytelling at Fox Ridge Saturday Evenings in October 7pm – 8pm Many different storytelling events are held under the serenity of the pines at Fox Ridge, our outdoor education & entertainment venue, across from the main doors of the Lodge. Campfire Stories are every Saturday night in October. Join us and some of the Illinois Valley’s most engaging storytellers as they share stories, legends, facts and fiction around the fire. Audience participation is welcome so Read More


2016 Fall Colors Weekend

Please note: These are the dates for 2016 Fall Colors Weekend: October 15 & 16, 2016 Have you ever wondered how or why leaves change color? Join the Starved Rock guides as they hike to overlooks and canyons throughout Starved Rock State Park to enjoy the amazing colors of fall. Learn basic tree identification, how leaves change color, and all about the history and geology of Starved Rock! Free guided hike to see the spectacular Read More

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Chief Walks with the Wind – A Tribute

March 26 at 4pm Great Hall Join us as we honor Chief Walks with the Wind and the Native American history from Starved Rock Lodge’s days gone by. Enjoy stories, songs and ceremonies shared by Jerry Savage (the grandson of Sam Sine, who was known by many as ” Chief Walks with the Wind “). This is a free event, open to the public.


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 a tribute to honor Same Sine. Sam (Chief Walks with the Wind) and his family shared Native American stories and cultural programs at the lodge for nearly 50 years. For Read More


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 and get to Starved Rock for endless activities and educational programs. The information below is provided thanks to the Illinois Natural History Survey, a division of the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Upcoming Events Search for Read More



“We’re like the History Channel meets National Geographic!” Starved Rock State Park and Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center is the best getaway in Illinois. If you enjoy outdoor adventures, hiking, history and architectural landmarks, you have come to the right place. We offer guided hikes year ’round so plan a trip in the spring, summer, fall or winter! Whether you’re hiking in the rain, sunshine, falling leaves or snow – you’re sure to see breathtaking Read More