Canal Boat & Trolley Tours May-October (Tuesday & Friday) 11am-3pm Ticket price: $39/person Start with a delicious hot lunch at Starved Rock Lodge.  Next, board one of our trolleys for a ride through historic downtown Utica and a stop at Cattails where you can shop.  Your trolley then takes you on a relaxing ride to LaSalle where you board the canal boat. Step back into time with period-dressed interpreters on this one hour, mule-pulled canal Read More

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.  


Trailheads Snacks & Souvenirs

Open daily: 10 am to 5 pm 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, ball caps 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 Read More


Romance in the Park Bridal Expo

Our “Romance in the Park” Bridal Expo will take place on Sunday, January 3, 2016. Guests are invited to tour the Lodge and see hotel rooms; sample cake & Starved Rock Cuisine, listen to DJ’s, chat with photographers, meet with florists & more! Open to the public. Admission is FREE! Show will be in the Great Hall and Starved Rock Room.


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.   Pool Hours Sunday-Thursday 9am–10pm Friday-Saturday 9am–11pm


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 Cafe 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