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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 other 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 attracts over two million visitors each year. Come and explore this jewel in the crown of LaSalle County!


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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

11:30 am - 2:45 pm

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Michael St. Angel takes the stage as “The King of Rock and Roll”. You can rock to the hits that made Elvis famous such as Jailhouse Rock, Hounddog, Love Me Tender and many more. Keep the spirit of Rockin’ and Rollin’ alive! Matinee shows include lunch and show at $32.00 a person. Evening shows include wine tasting, dinner and show at $37.00 per person. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386. Click here to book the April 20 Matinee Click here to book the April 21 Matinee

Thursday, April 23rd, 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 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 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. Schedule: April 16  Nature Preserve…Read more

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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What could be better than an evening of friends, wine, and art with YOU as the artist?  Enjoy a relaxed painting session with family and friends, or come alone and meet new people.  No painting experience necessary.  Evening includes: all of the painting materials you will need, glass of wine and snacks.  Everyone will finish a painting to take home.  Class is limited to 20 people, so please call for reservations.  Class is located in the Café of Starved Rock Lodge. Class is $35 per person. Call 815-220-7386 to book! Instructor: Melody

Friday, April 24th, 2015

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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There’s no better way to relax on a Friday night than with great, live music in the Back Door Lounge. Talented, local performers bring a variety of rock and country favorites (mixed with a few original songs) each week from 8-11 pm with no cover charge. Come early for dinner! Ask about our wide selection of seasonal beers, Starved Rock wines and specialty drinks. Or, warm up with a coffee drink after dinner. Winter Music Schedule: ALL FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC BEGINS AT 8PM. APRIL 17TH – DOUBLE DAVE TRIO (CLASSIC ROCK) APRIL 24TH – STEVE SHARP (ROCK)

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

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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 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. April Tours Saturday April 18 @ 3pm Sunday April 19 @ 12pm Sunday April 19 @ 130pm Sunday April 19 @…Read more

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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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 8:30a.m. & 9:00a.m. both days.  Expected time for lunch is 1:00 & 2:00.  Finish times are approximately 4:30 & 5:00p.m.  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.  Included is trolley transportation, guides, boxed lunch (1/2 way) and a specially designed performance T-shirt.  $37.00 per person.  Reservations a must.  For more information and to make a reservation please call 815-220-7386. Saturday April 25, 2015 at 8:30 am Saturday April 25, 2015 at 9:00 am Saturday April…Read more

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Offered: in April & May (Monday & Saturday) Ticket Price: $32 for adults, $27 children (10 and under). Mondays:  11am-3pm. Saturdays:  9am-1pm & 11am-3pm Experience the fun of outdoors adventure at Starved Rock State Park with a guided walk to 3 spectacular waterfalls and canyons. We will plan to visit French, St. Louis and Ottawa Canyons. The tour will also include hot lunch in The Main Dining Room and a relaxing trolley ride. The 11:00 tour begins with lunch in our dining room followed by the tour and the 9:00 tour will begin with the tour and conclude with lunch. This is a walking tour and not recommended for individuals with limited mobility. Waterfalls cannot be guaranteed on this tour. For more information…Read more

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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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 nature and wildlife photos. We will meet the 4th Saturday of every month at 9am in the back of the Large Parking Lot at Starved Rock Lodge. All meetings will consist of a hike to an area of either Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State…Read more

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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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!

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Saturday & Sundays. 11am-2pm. $18 per person Participants meet in the hotel main lobby of the Lodge to pick up a lunch and a “Starved Rock” backpack. Hikers will stop for lunch once they reach a Canyon. The tour concludes at the Lodge about 2:00pm. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Hike will be around 4.5 miles round trip. This hike is classified as strenuous. Lunch includes: your choice of turkey, ham or veggie wrap, bag of chips, homemade granola bar, piece of fruit and a bottle of water. Advanced reservations are required as space is limited. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386 Group will depart from the hotel lobby of the Lodge with a knowledgeable…Read more