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, 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 Starved 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