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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 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

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Take a Hike & Lunch

$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 waterfalls as they are seasonal. The guide describes to the group how Starved Rock got its name along with other tales and truths. The hike is considered Read More

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Canal Boat & Trolley Tour

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 1-hour mule-pulled canal Read More

EAGLE TROLLEY TOURS

Bald Eagle Trolley Tours
Monday at 11am

January & February 2016 Mon, Wed, Sat & Sun Monday & Wednesday: Tour begins with lunch at 11am $25/adults, $20/children 10 & under Saturday: 1st tour begins at 9am and ends with lunch, 2nd tour begins with lunch at 11am $25/adults, $20/children 10 & under Sunday: Tour begins with brunch at 10:30am $32/adults, $27/children 10 & under   Be mesmerized by the beautiful bald eagles at Starved Rock. Ride the trolley to the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center Read More

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Guided Winter Hike

Guided Winter Hikes are offered every Saturday & Sunday from December-March. Hikes run from 11:00-2:00 pm. Price: $12 per person. Join us for a guided hike with the possibility of seeing frozen waterfalls & Bald Eagles in flight!  We’ll 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 Read More

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Evening Under the Stars – Sky Tour & Astronomy Event

Friday, August 1, 2014 8:30pm-10:00pm Starved Rock State Park Campground *Sponsored by the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources, Starved Rock State Park & Twin City Astronomers Enjoy a fun-filled evening exploring the night sky with the Twin City Astronomers Club. This family friendly evening will involve taking a laser-guided sky tour and using telescopes to view planets and other celestial wonders. *Weather Permitting* For more information call the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 815-667-4906

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Sunday Concert with Kevin Kramer

Sunday, June 15 Fox Ridge 3pm Spend your Father’s Day afternoon enjoying live music at Fox Ridge. Feel the cool breezes under the lofty pines of Fox Ridge accompanied by relaxing and entertaining music by local guitarist/vocalist Kevin Kramer. Kevin performs a great combination of covers and original work. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair or take a seat on the benches at Fox Ridge. Don’t forget to stop at the Café located inside Read More

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Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage

Hepatica, Bellwort, and Violets, oh my!   Enjoy the great variety of spring wildflowers at Starved Rock State Park.  Join the Starved Rock guides as they hike to overlooks and canyons throughout the park identifying wildflowers and discussing Native American uses of those wildflowers.  Learn all about the history and geology of the park!  If conditions permit, sparkling waterfalls will flow in canyons.  Guided hikes leave from the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 9:00 a.m. & Read More

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Guided Winter Hikes from Starved Rock Lodge

There’s no better way to see the Winter Wonderland at Starved Rock than with a guided, Winter Hike. Offered every Saturday and Sunday from December through March, the hike is about 4.5 miles round trip. These hikes depart from the Lodge (Hotel Lobby) at 11:00 a.m. and returns to the Lodge at approximately 2:00 p.m.  Some of the amazing thing’s you’ll see (if cold temperatures allow) are frozen waterfalls and American Bald  Eagles in flight. When conditions Read More