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Land & Water Cruise
July 4th 9:30 am

June – September Saturday: 9:30am & 11:00am Monday & Wednesday: 11:00am $41/person NOTE: 11am tours will begin with lunch. Enjoy our most popular tour and see Starved Rock from the water! You can really see how big the ROCK is when you see it from this perspective. Plus, you’ll see the wildlife living on Plum Island (egrets, cranes, migratory birds such as pelicans and more). Tour includes a hot lunch in our rustic Dining Room, Read More


Cross Country Ski Weekend

Cross-Country Ski Weekend February 6-7, 2016 9am & 1pm Meet at the Matthiessen State Park Dells Area for basic cross-country ski instruction at 9am and 1pm each day. Ski rentals available. No snow? Join us for guided hikes through Matthiessen State Park. Please call (815) 667-4726 for questions.


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


Spring MegaHike

April 23 & 24, 2016 8:30am-4:30pm 9am-5pm 9:30am-5:30pm $37/person 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 8:30, 9:00 & 9:30am both days. Expected time for lunch is 1:00, 1:30 & 2:00m. Finish times are approximately 4:30, 5:00 and 5:30pm. You will board a trolley with a pair of guides and be taken to the east end Read More


Winter MegaHike

Join us for this first ever, Winter MegaHike. To participate in this event, you MUST have some sort of additional traction for your footwear, such as Yak-trax or Katoohlas. The terrain is expected to be extremely icy. You will board a trolley with a pair of guides and be taken to the east end of the park where you will begin your trek. Hike will leave the Lodge at 8:30am both days. You will hike Read More


Earth Day Hike

Celebrate Mother Nature at Starved Rock! Join the park naturalist for a hike to the top of Starved Rock and into French Canyon. Learn about the history and geology of Starved Rock State Park. Meet at the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 11:00 a.m.  Hike lasts 1.5 hours.

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Art in Motion

Enjoy an afternoon of art, live music and wine tasting at Starved Rock Lodge’s annual art show & sale. Artists representing the Illinois Valley and beyond will share their work as you stroll the beautiful setting of Fox Ridge, just steps away from the Lodge. Many artists will be creating work during the show and items will be available for purchase. The wide array of Starved Rock Wines will be available for tasting and purchase 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


Sled Dog Demos

Free Spirit Siberian Rescue will return for two sled dog demos in 2016. The first is on January 10 with seminars in the LaSalle Room at 10:30am and 1:30pm and the second one is on February 28 with seminars in the LaSalle Room from 10:30am and 1:30pm. Outdoor sled dog demos will take place in Starved Rock Lodge’s overflow parking lot at 9:30am, 12pm and 3pm.


Owl Prowl 2016 (3/13)

Owl Prowl Weekend March 11, 12 & 13 $10/adults $7/children 10 & under Friday, March 11 & Saturday, March 12 $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 Read More