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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) 634-4086.  

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Wilderness Wednesday

Wilderness Wednesday takes place on Wednesdays at 3pm from June 22 – August 10. Join the fun at FOX RIDGE (located directly across from the main steps of Starved Rock Lodge)! This weekly nature education program is suited for all ages. Each week, a guest presenter will introduce participants to a new nature topic. Topics include bees, geology, insects, snakes, butterflies and more! This is a great opportunity to learn something new about the world around us. Read More

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Starved Rock Gift Cards

Looking for the perfect gift for someone special? The answer is a Starved Rock gift card. Call us toll-free at (800) 868-7625 to purchase a gift card or stop by the Front Desk, the Main Dining Room, the Starved Rock Gift Shop or Starved Rock Café! Gift cards can now be purchased online at www.shopstarvedrock.com. Learn More »

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Starved Rock Gift Shop

(815) 220-7320 Hours: Monday-Thursday: 9am-5pm Friday: 9am-6pm Saturday: 9am-8pm Sunday: 9am-6pm The Starved Rock Gift Shop is located just off the Great Hall near the Main Dining Room. We have a great selection of sweatshirts, jewelry, gifts, coats, toys, books and trinkets for the kids. Learn More »

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Trailheads Snacks & Souvenirs

Start your Starved Rock adventure out at Trailheads Snacks & Souvenirs. Located in the Visitor Center, Trailheads offers sandwiches, hot dogs, pizza, Artisan Ice Cream, pretzels and nachos, plus gifts and great souvenirs. We also have a wide selection of Starved Rock hoodies, baseball hats and T-shirts for outdoor lovers of all ages. Check out our selection of  walking sticks, rain gear, water bottles, coffee mugs and more! Browse our assortment of jewelry, clothing, books Read More

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Indoor Pool & more!

Our indoor pool complex is open year ’round! Spend some time swimming a few laps. Or, kick back and relax in our hot tub or saunas. Our gated, children’s pool is perfect for pre-school swimmers. Feel free to bring water wings and pool toys. Towels are provided for our guests in the pool complex.   Pool Hours Sunday-Thursday 9am–10pm Friday-Saturday 9am–11pm

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Shopping at Starved Rock

Shopping at Starved Rock is one of our guest’s favorite things to do after an adventurous visit to the park! Starved Rock Gift Shop Located in the heart of historic Starved Rock Lodge. You’ll be surprised by the wide selection of eagle watching souvenirs, toys, books, ladies’ fashion and accessories, coats, shoes, jewelry and handbags. We also have the best Starved Rock souvenirs, hoodies and T-shirts, too! Starved Rock Café Located just off the hotel lobby in Read More

Lodge & Park History

In 1835, Daniel Hitt purchased the land that is today occupied by Starved Rock State Park from the United States Government, as compensation for his tenure in the U.S. Army. He sold the land in 1890 to Ferdinand Walther for $15,000. Recognizing the potential for developing the land as a resort, Walther constructed the Starved Rock Hotel and a natural pool near the base of Starved Rock, as well as a concession stand and dance Read More