visit a canyon

Visit a Canyon Tour

Visit a Canyon Trolley Tour $25.00 per person 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 minutes.  Tour includes: a “Starved Rock” map backpack, a snack and bottle of water.  This tour is not recommended 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


Yoga & Hiking Day

Yoga & Hiking Day November 6 $30/person 11am – 2:30pm Join Matt Hancock for a 75 minute power yoga class in the Great Hall. Matt is the owner of Hammer’s Energy Fitness and teacher of yoga and Fitness in LaSalle. Take a half hour break before beginning a 3 mile round trip hike to picturesque St. Louis Canyon. For the Yoga/Fitness session, bring your own yoga mat, towel and water. After the power yoga session you Read More


Mid Week Mega Hike

Mid Week Mega Hike November 2 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


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


Amazing Race Starved Rock Style

Spend an exciting day solving devious clues each step of the way and getting 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


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


Guided Winter Hikes

December-March Saturday & Sunday $12/person Join us for a guided hike with the possibility of seeing frozen waterfalls and Bald Eagles in flight! We hike from Starved Rock 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 Eagle Cliff and Lover’s Leap for the best view of the majestic Eagles. The tour concludes Read More


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


Take a Hike & Lunch

Saturdays & Sundays 11am-2:30pm $18/person 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 seasonal waterfalls. The guide describes to the group how Starved Rock got its name along with other tales and truths. The hike is Read More