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Autumn Migratory Bird Hike

Join the park naturalist and local bird expert, Tom Williams, as we hike to seek out resident birds and greet our fall migrators. Bring your binoculars and your favorite bird guide. Hike will leave from the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 8:00 a.m. Hike lasts two hours.

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Guided Winter Hikes

Join us for a guided hike with the possibility of frozen waterfalls & Eagles from the Lodge to LaSalle Canyon. Participants meet in the hotel lobby of the Lodge to pick up a snack and a “Starved Rock” backpack. After leaving LaSalle Canyon, the hike continues to Eagles Cliff and Lovers Leap for the best view of the majestic Eagles. The tour concludes at the Lodge about 2:00 pm. Please dress appropriately for the weather Read More

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Winter Guided Hike

Join us for a guided hike with the possibility of frozen waterfalls & Eagles from the Lodge to LaSalle Canyon. Participants meet in the hotel lobby of the Lodge to pick up a snack and a “Starved Rock” backpack. After leaving LaSalle Canyon, the hike continues to Eagles Cliff and Lovers Leap for the best view of the majestic Eagles. The tour concludes at the Lodge about 2:00 pm. Please dress appropriately for the weather Read More

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Winter Guided Hike

Join us for a guided hike with the possibility of frozen waterfalls & Eagles from the Lodge to LaSalle Canyon. Participants meet in the hotel lobby of the Lodge to pick up a snack and a “Starved Rock” backpack. After leaving LaSalle Canyon, the hike continues to Eagles Cliff and Lovers Leap for the best view of the majestic Eagles. The tour concludes at the Lodge about 2:00 pm. Please dress appropriately for the weather Read More

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Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage

Enjoy the great variety of spring wildflowers at Starved Rock. Guided hikes leave from the visitor center at 9:00am & 1:00pm each day. Hikes are free!

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Cross-Country Ski Weekend

Basic cross country ski instruction. Meet at the Matthiessen State Park Dells Area at 9:00am & 1:00pm. Ski-rental is available. No snow? Join us for a guided hike through Matthiessen State Park!

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America’s State Park’s First Day Hike

Start the New Year with a hike through Starved Rock State Park! Meet at the visitor center at 1:00pm. Hike is free and no reservations needed!

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Starved Rock Photography Club

4th Saturday of each month. 9am-Starved Rock Lodge Parking Lot Whether you are just beginning in photography, are an advanced amateur or a professional, you are welcome to the Starved Rock Photography Club. Monthly photography walks at Starved Rock State Park’s Lodge with club leader, Jacki Pienta. The Photography Club will meet each month throughout the year for guided walks to planned sites for photography opportunities. Members will informally exchange ideas and tips for quality Read More

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Starved Rock Walker’s Club

Every Thursday (year round) Join the fun on our weekly, guided hikes! Explore Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park, the I & M Canal and a nearby Nature Preserve. Every Thursday morning, year round, the Starved Rock Walkers Club meets in the lobby of the Lodge and departs at 9am. Hikes last between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the destination. The hikes vary each week and over a 4-month period, the group will Read More

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Take a Hike & Lunch

$18/person | 11am-2pm | Saturdays & Sundays Group departs from the hotel lobby of the Lodge with a knowledgeable guide to see canyons and bluffs made from St. Peter’s Sandstone. If you’re part of a guided hike in the spring or early summer, there is a good possibility you will be able to see waterfalls as they are seasonal. The guide describes to the group how Starved Rock got its name along with other tales Read More