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Starved Rock State Park is one of the best and most beautiful 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. First time at Starved Rock? We suggest a guided hike and a historic trolley tour to learn about the area. We offer seasonal trolley tours, year ’round guided hikes, musical tribute shows, special events, educational programs, children’s activities and so much more! Come explore this jewel in the crown of LaSalle County and see why we attract more than two million visitors each year!


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Thursday, August 17th, 2017

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. Hikes will take place the Wednesday…Read more

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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Trolley Schedule » March: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm April-May: Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm June-September: Monday: 1:30-3pm, 3-4:30pm Tuesday-Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm 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. August Tours: Tuesday August 15 @ 3pm Wednesday August 16 @ 3pm…Read more

Friday, August 18th, 2017

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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Trolley Schedule » March: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm April-May: Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm June-September: Monday: 1:30-3pm, 3-4:30pm Tuesday-Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm 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. August Tours: Tuesday August 15 @ 3pm Wednesday August 16 @ 3pm…Read more

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Lagunitas Veranda Party August 18 5-8pm Lagunitas will be on the Veranda sampling beers and giving away prizes from 5-8pm! Stay for dinner and live music to follow. Lagunitas Brewing Company began on a kitchen stove in Northern California in 1993 and always looks to the future…whether supporting local communities by turning beer into money for the cause, or simply fueling stories and songs with IPA. Wherever you go, beer speaks, people mumble. Mumble along at LAGUNITAS.com.

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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What better way to wind down after a long work week than by relaxing on our Veranda with some music, a cocktail or two and a gorgeous view on a beautiful summer night? Music starts at 8pm and lasts until 11, but we suggest getting here early to grab a table and experience the breathtaking sunset from the Veranda! Weather permitting, Veranda Parties kick off Memorial Day Weekend and continue through Labor Day. No cover charge! Veranda parties start Memorial Day Weekend. Outdoor dining mixed with great music and an amazing view of the scenic Illinois River Valley is a combination you must try this summer! See you there – music kicks off at 8 pm and runs until 11 pm.…Read more

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

10:00 am - 12:30 pm

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Visit a Canyon Tour June – September Monday, Saturday & Sunday Ticket price: $25/person Monday: 10am – 12:30pm Saturday: 10am -12:30pm, 12:30pm – 3pm Sunday: 10am – 12:30pm Enjoy a historic trolley ride with stops at Starved Rock State Park’s Visitor Center, the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center, a trip through historic downtown Utica and a scenic, guided walk to Council Overhang and Ottawa Canyon.  The walk is less than a mile and will take about 45 minutes.  Tour includes: a “Starved Rock” map backpack, a snack and bottle of water.  This tour is not recommended for individuals with limited mobility.  Canyon chosen may vary, depending on the weather and trail conditions. August: Monday August 14 @ 10am Saturday August 19 @ 10am Sunday…Read more

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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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. The hike is considered strenuous as there are many stairs and uneven terrain. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Hikes are about 4.5 miles round trip. Lunch includes: your choice of turkey, ham or veggie wrap, bag of chips, homemade granola bar,…Read more

12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

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Visit a Canyon Tour June – September Monday, Saturday & Sunday Ticket price: $25/person Monday: 10am – 12:30pm Saturday: 10am -12:30pm, 12:30pm – 3pm Sunday: 10am – 12:30pm Enjoy a historic trolley ride with stops at Starved Rock State Park’s Visitor Center, the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center, a trip through historic downtown Utica and a scenic, guided walk to Council Overhang and Ottawa Canyon. The walk is less than a mile and will take about 45 minutes.  Tour includes: a “Starved Rock” map backpack, a snack and bottle of water. This tour is not recommended for individuals with limited mobility. Canyon chosen may vary, depending on the weather and trail conditions. August: Saturday August 19 @ 12:30pm Saturday August 26 @…Read more

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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Trolley Schedule » March: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm April-May: Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm June-September: Monday: 1:30-3pm, 3-4:30pm Tuesday-Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm 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. Late arrivals will not be refunded. August…Read more

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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What better way to wind down after a long work week than by relaxing on our Veranda with some music, a cocktail or two and a gorgeous view on a beautiful summer night? Music starts at 8pm and lasts until 11, but we suggest getting here early to grab a table and experience the breathtaking sunset from the Veranda! Weather permitting, Veranda Parties kick off Memorial Day Weekend and continue through Labor Day. No cover charge! Veranda parties start Memorial Day Weekend. Outdoor dining mixed with great music and an amazing view of the scenic Illinois River Valley is a combination you must try this summer! See you there – music kicks off at 8 pm and runs until 11 pm.…Read more