Winter MegaHike

2018 Winter Mega Hike January 20 & 21, 2018 8:30am & 9am Departure Times Join us for the third annual 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 Read More

Winter Wilderness Weekend

Join the Starved Rock guides as we hike to see the spectacular ice falls of Starved Rock! Don’t forget your binoculars. We’ll have a chance to do some eagle viewing from the top of Starved Rock.  Learn about the history and geology of the park. Meet at the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 9:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.

Amazing Race Starved Rock Style

Spend an exciting day solving devious clues each step of the way and get 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 on January 14 and February 18, 2018. Seminars take place in the LaSalle Room at 10:30am and 1:30pm. Outdoor sled dog demos will take place in the northwest corner of the Visitor Center Parking Lot at 9:30am, 12pm and 3pm.

Owl Prowl 2018

Owl Prowl Weekend March 2, 3 & 4 FRIDAY (March 2) AND SATURDAY (March 3) – 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 6pm with an Owl Walk to follow on both days, finishing back at the lodge around 8pm. Price is $10 for adults and $7 for children 10 & under. Everyone should plan on bringing a flashlight Read More

Guided Winter Hikes

December-March Saturday & Sunday $12/person Join us for a guided hike with the possibility of frozen waterfalls & Eagles. Participants meet in the hotel lobby of the Lodge to pick up a snack and a “Starved Rock” backpack. The tour concludes at the Lodge about 2:00 pm. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear proper footwear. In the event of ice and snow, we advise Yaktrax for extra traction. Hike will be about 4.5 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

Cross-Country Ski Weekend

Basic cross country ski instruction. Meet at the Matthiessen State Park Dells Area at 9:00am & 1:00pm. Ski-rental is available. No snow? Join us for a guided hike through Matthiessen State Park! *Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center event

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

April – November 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. Read More