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


Christmas Lights Trolley Tour

December 16-23 6-8pm $15/adult $10/children 10 and under Relax before the holidays on this illuminated tour of the LaSalle, Peru, Oglesby and Utica area, just days before Christmas.  Let our staff plan the route and do the driving so you can enjoy light displays in our fully enclosed trolley.  Our trolleys are heated but you may want to bring along an extra blanket.  Each tour will have a guide to get into the holiday spirit 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

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Canal Boat & Trolley Tour

May – October (Tuesdays & Fridays) Departure time: 11:00 am Price: $39 per person Start with a delicious hot lunch in the Lodge’s Main Dining Room. Next, board one of our trolleys for a ride through historic downtown Utica and stop at Cattails where you can shop. Your trolley will then take you on a relaxing ride to LaSalle where you will board the canal boat. Step back into time with period-dressed interpreters on this Read More



Storytelling at Fox Ridge Saturday Evenings in October 7pm – 8pm Many different storytelling events are held under the serenity of the pines at Fox Ridge, our outdoor education & entertainment venue, across from the main doors of the Lodge. Campfire Stories are every Saturday night in October. Join us and some of the Illinois Valley’s most engaging storytellers as they share stories, legends, facts and fiction around the fire. Audience participation is welcome so Read More

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Bald Eagle Trolley Tours
Monday at 11am

January-February Monday & Wednesday at 11am Saturday at 9am & 11am Sunday at 10:30am Ticket price: Mon, Wed & Sat: $25/adults, $20/children Sun: $32/adult, $27/children 10 & under 9am Tours: Begin with trolley and followed by lunch at 11:30am 10:30am Tours: Begin with Sunday brunch and followed by trolley at 12pm 11am Tours: Begin with lunch and followed by trolley at 12pm Tours include transportation, tour guide, eagle presentation at the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center and Read More