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Starved Rock State Park is one of the best destinations for hiking in the Midwest. We know that our guests love to come here to see the natural beauty of the park, but there’s so much more to see and do. If you’ve never been here before, we suggest a guided hike and a Historic Trolley Tour. We offer seasonal Trolley Tours, musical tribute shows and many fun activities and events, many of which are free of charge. Starved Rock Lodge and State Park attract over two million visitors each year. Come and explore this jewel in the crown of LaSalle County!


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Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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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 boat ride. After the boat ride you will visit Starved Rock Visitor Center. There is minimal walking on this tour. Reservation required. If you have any questions or would like to book call 815-220-7386.       August 2015 Tuesday, August 4 Friday, August 7…Read more

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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FALCONRY SRL
Join us on the Veranda for an impromptu question and answer session all about the birds of prey! Rich Escutia, Certified Falconer, will be on hand to answer your questions and inform you of these magnificent birds! He will also have some of his Hawks available for viewing!

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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May Tours: Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm June-October: Monday-Saturday: 3-4:30 pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm November-December: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Pricing $12/adult $10/seniors (60 & over) $8/children (10 & under) Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall of the Lodge. Learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge. Travel to the Lock and Dam, through historic downtown Utica and the Starved Rock Visitor Center. Reservations are recommended. For more information or to book, call (815) 220-7386 or click the links below.   August Tours August 3 – August 7 Monday, August 3 @ 3pm Tuesday, August 4 @ 3pm Wednesday, August 5 @ 3pm Thursday, August 6…Read more

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

11:00 am - 2:30 pm

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June – September Saturday: 9:30am & 11:00am Monday & Wednesday: 11:00am $40/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, a historic trolley ride and a leisurely 50-minute Illinois River cruise on the Belle of the Rock, an authentic paddlewheel boat. There is minimal walking involved on this tour. Tickets are $40/person. Reservations are necessary. For more information and to book your reservation call (815) 220-7386 or click…Read more

1:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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YOGA PANO
This is a two day retreat with no overnight stay. If you wish to add an overnight stay, please click here. Yoga / Hiking Retreat – No Overnight Stay Aug 5th 1pm-9pm Aug 6th 7:30am-2:30pm $90.00 includes meals listed, hiking guide and yoga instruction New this summer is our 2-day Yoga & Hiking Retreat taking place August 5-6. This adventure begins on Day 1 with a welcome yoga session, a guided 3-mile group hike to St. Louis, Sac, Aurora & Kickapoo Canyons followed by dinner, a Sunset Yoga Session and an evening around the fire at Fox Ridge. Day 2 starts with early morning yoga outside the Sunset Shelter, breakfast, a guided 4.5 mile hike to LaSalle Canyon where you’ll…Read more

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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8637 FOX RIDGE PAM & CROWD HIGH RES
Wilderness Wednesday take place every Wednesday at 3pm from June 17 –August 12. Join the fun at FOX RIDGE (located directly across from the main steps of Starved Rock Lodge)! This weekly nature education program is suited 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. In the event of inclement weather, Wilderness Wednesday activities will be cancelled. For more information call (815) 220-7386. Upcoming 2015 Wilderness Wednesday Topics: August 5 – The Art & Science of Falconry Certified Falconer, Rich Escutia will open our eyes to the art and science…Read more

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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May Tours: Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm June-October: Monday-Saturday: 3-4:30 pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm November-December: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Pricing $12/adult $10/seniors (60 & over) $8/children (10 & under) Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall of the Lodge. Learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge. Travel to the Lock and Dam, through historic downtown Utica and the Starved Rock Visitor Center. Reservations are recommended. For more information or to book, call (815) 220-7386 or click the links below.   August Tours August 3 – August 7 Monday, August 3 @ 3pm Tuesday, August 4 @ 3pm Wednesday, August 5 @ 3pm Thursday, August 6…Read more

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Take a break in the middle of the week and enjoy us on the Veranda for wine tasting, plus relaxing Jazz by the Wes Hausken Trio from 6-8 pm. Complimentary appetizers are also part of the fun! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 5. Please stay for dinner and take in the beautiful view with a sunset added at no charge!  

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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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 see the entire park. Make some new friends and learn about wildlife, wildflowers and more. This event is free and open to the public. Please note: We will not hike on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve. Click here for the July –…Read more

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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May Tours: Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm June-October: Monday-Saturday: 3-4:30 pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm November-December: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Pricing $12/adult $10/seniors (60 & over) $8/children (10 & under) Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall of the Lodge. Learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge. Travel to the Lock and Dam, through historic downtown Utica and the Starved Rock Visitor Center. Reservations are recommended. For more information or to book, call (815) 220-7386 or click the links below.   August Tours August 3 – August 7 Monday, August 3 @ 3pm Tuesday, August 4 @ 3pm Wednesday, August 5 @ 3pm Thursday, August 6…Read more