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Winter Guided Hike

Join us for a guided hike with the possibility of frozen waterfalls & Eagles from the 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 Eagles Cliff and Lovers Leap for the best view of the majestic Eagles. The tour concludes at the Lodge about 2:00 pm. Please dress appropriately for the weather Read More

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Winter Guided Hike

Join us for a guided hike with the possibility of frozen waterfalls & Eagles from the 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 Eagles Cliff and Lovers Leap for the best view of the majestic Eagles. The tour concludes at the Lodge about 2:00 pm. Please dress appropriately for the weather Read More

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Historic Trolley Tours

March:  Saturday & Sundays 12:00-1:30 and 1:30-3pm April & May: Saturday 3-4:30 & Sunday 12-1:30, 1:30-3 & 3-4:30 June-October: Monday-Saturday 3-4:30 pm, Sundays 12:00-1:30, 1:30-3 & 3-4:30 November-December: Saturday & Sundays 12:00-1:30 and 1:30-3pm Adults: $12, Seniors: $10 (60 and over), Children 10 and under: $8 Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall area of the Lodge. Learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge. Travel to the Read More

Music & Wine Under the Pines

Music & Wine Under the Pines

If the soft sound of the wind through the towering pines isn’t enough for you on a Sunday afternoon, head to Fox Ridge at Starved Rock Lodge for outdoor concerts and a chance to sample and purchase Starved Rock wines. Sunday concerts at Fox Ridge are great for all ages and audience members are encouraged to bring a snack along from our Café to enjoy during the performance. An afternoon of music awaits! Admission: Voluntary Read More

Wilderness Wednesday

Wilderness Wednesdays

Weekly nature education programs for all ages. Each week a guest presenter will introduce participants to a new nature topic. Topics include bees, geology, insects, snakes, butterflies and more! This is a great opportunity to learn something new about the world around us. For more information call 815-220-7386.  

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Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage

Enjoy the great variety of spring wildflowers at Starved Rock. Guided hikes leave from the visitor center at 9:00am & 1:00pm each day. Hikes are free!

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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!

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America’s State Park’s First Day Hike

Start the New Year with a hike through Starved Rock State Park! Meet at the visitor center at 1:00pm. Hike is free and no reservations needed!

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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

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Starved Rock Walkers 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 9:00 am. Hikes last between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the destination. The hikes vary each week and over a 4-month period, the group Read More