The First Course Tour

The First Course Tour Wednesdays at 6pm $20/person Ever wonder how Starved Rock got its name or who built the Lodge? You can learn the answers to these questions and many more while strolling around the Lodge with our knowledgeable guide. Your tour begins in the Back Door Lounge with check-in and your own appetizer sampler plate along with a beverage of your choice (specially prepared drink menu). Your tour guide will meet you and Read More

Visit a Canyon Tour
(12:30pm Departure)

Visit a Canyon Tour June – September Monday, Saturday & Sunday Ticket price: $25/person Monday: 10am – 12:30pm Saturday: 10am -12:30pm, 12:30pm – 3pm Sunday: 10am – 12:30pm Enjoy a historic trolley ride with stops at Starved Rock State Park’s Visitor Center, the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center, a trip through historic downtown Utica and a scenic, guided walk to Council Overhang and Ottawa Canyon. The walk is less than a mile and will take about 45 Read More

Visit a Canyon Tour
(10am Departure)

Visit a Canyon Tour June – September Monday, Saturday & Sunday Ticket price: $25/person Monday: 10am – 12:30pm Saturday: 10am -12:30pm, 12:30pm – 3pm Sunday: 10am – 12:30pm Enjoy a historic trolley ride with stops at Starved Rock State Park’s Visitor Center, the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center, a trip through historic downtown Utica and a scenic, guided walk to Council Overhang and Ottawa Canyon.  The walk is less than a mile and will take about 45 Read More

Hike for a Cure

Hike for a Cure 2017 October 1, 2017 9am – 11am Join us as we hike to the top of Starved Rock in support of a cure for breast cancer. Our event will run from 9am – 11am with four guided hikes departing from the Back Door Lounge every 30 minutes. Hikers may choose to participate on their own and depart at any time. Cost to hike: $20 per person and includes a t-shirt, a light breakfast and a memory hope stone. Read More

Mid Week Mega Hike

Mid Week Mega Hike November 1 8:30am & 9am Departure Times Have you ever wanted to hike all the canyons in the park? Well now you can do it in one day. Hikes leave the Lodge at 8:30am & 9am. Expected time for lunch is 1pm & 1:30 pm. Finish times are approximately 4:30pm & 5pm. You will board a trolley with a pair of guides and be taken to the east end of the Read More

Winter Wilderness Weekend

Join the Starved Rock guides as we hike to see the spectacular ice falls of Starved Rock! Don’t forget your binoculars. We’ll have a chance to do some eagle viewing from the top of Starved Rock.  Learn about the history and geology of the park. Meet at the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 9:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.

Amazing Race Starved Rock Style

Spend an exciting day solving devious clues each step of the way and get to know the Starved Rock Lodge area a little more. Try to be the first to uncover the Legend of Starved Rock. Use your wits, energy and sense of adventure as you race against time and your fellow racers. Enjoy a post-race awards ceremony at the finish line. The Amazing Race is fantastic for families, but children under the age of Read More

Guided Winter Hikes

December-March Saturday & Sunday $12/person Join us for a guided hike with the possibility of frozen waterfalls & Eagles. Participants meet in the hotel lobby of the Lodge to pick up a snack and a “Starved Rock” backpack. The tour concludes at the Lodge about 2:00 pm. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear proper footwear. In the event of ice and snow, we advise Yaktrax for extra traction. Hike will be about 4.5 Read More

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! *Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center event

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