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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, September 23rd, 2014

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MARCH: Saturdays – 12:00pm & 1:30pm Sundays – 12:00pm & 1:30pm APRIL & MAY: Saturdays -  3:00pm Sundays – 12:00pm & 1:30pm JUNE – OCTOBER: Tuesday – 3:00pm Thursday – 3:00pm Saturday – 3:00pm Sunday – 12:00pm & 1:30pm NOVEMBER & DECEMBER:  Saturday: 12:00pm & 1:30pm Sunday: 12:00pm & 1:30pm Price: $12.00 per adult/$10.00 senior/$8.00 children under 10 NOTE: Due to the annual Burgoo Festival in Utica, there will be NO Historic Trolley Tours on Sunday, October 12, 2014. Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall area of the Lodge. Enjoy a historic trolley ride with stops at the Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center where you will see a short video of the area. You will also travel to…Read more

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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C’mon aboard our Music of the River Cruise and Tour! Offered every Tuesday from June through September.  Meet us in Starved Rock Lodge’s Great Hall for check in and to receive your boxed lunch.  Then, board our trolley and travel a short distance to the Belle of the Rock, an authentic paddle wheel boat.  Aboard the boat you will hear and enjoy the history of many river songs, such as Proud Mary, Gentle on My Mind, Alabama’s Tennessee River and Credence Clearwater Revival’s Green River.  After the 1-½ hour lunch cruise you will re-board the trolley for a historic tour with stops at the State Park Visitor Center and the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center. Ticket price: $42.00 per person. Reservations are required. Please call…Read more

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

11:00 am - 2:30 pm

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Reservations Recommended! Saturday: 9:30am & 11:00am Monday & Wednesday: 11:00am NOTE: 9:30am tours will end with Lunch at 12:00pm.  11:00am 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 $40.00 per person. Reservations are necessary. For more information and to…Read more

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

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MARCH: Saturdays – 12:00pm & 1:30pm Sundays – 12:00pm & 1:30pm APRIL & MAY: Saturdays -  3:00pm Sundays – 12:00pm & 1:30pm JUNE – OCTOBER: Tuesday – 3:00pm Thursday – 3:00pm Saturday – 3:00pm Sunday – 12:00pm & 1:30pm NOVEMBER & DECEMBER:  Saturday: 12:00pm & 1:30pm Sunday: 12:00pm & 1:30pm Price: $12.00 per adult/$10.00 senior/$8.00 children under 10 NOTE: Due to the annual Burgoo Festival in Utica, there will be NO Historic Trolley Tours on Sunday, October 12, 2014. Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall area of the Lodge. Enjoy a historic trolley ride with stops at the Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center where you will see a short video of the area. You will also travel to…Read more

9:00 am - 11:30 am

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Weekly guided hike through Starved Rock State Park (and sometimes visiting nearby Matthiessen State Park) every Thursday morning, year round. The group meets in the lobby of the Lodge and departs at 9:00 a.m. Hikes last between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the destination. The hikes vary each week and over a 3-month period, the group will see the entire park. So, over the course of a year, the Walker’s Club sees each part of the park in each season of the year. 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 Day or New Year’s Day.

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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BELLE OF THE ROCK
Join us for a cruise aboard Belle of the Rock. This tour is offered every Monday & Thursday evening  from June-September. Tour includes a Trolley Shuttle to and from the boat.  The boat ride is a relaxing, scenic hour-and-a-half cruise on the Belle of the Rock paddle wheel boat. The tour concludes with dinner from our special dinner menu with dessert.  For more information and to make reservations call  (815) 220-7386. $38.50 per person.  Click on a link below to book your tickets online. To book your Dinner & Evening Cruise online, click on a link below. AUGUST 2014 Monday, August 25, 2014 – 5:00pm Thursday, August 28, 2014 – 5:00pm  SEPTEMBER 2014 Monday, September 1, 2014 – 5:00pm Thursday, September 4, 2014…Read more

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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9243 first class at The Studio April 2014
What could be better than an evening of wine, music and art, with YOU as the artist?  Enjoy a relaxed painting session with family and friends, or come alone and meet new people.  Instructor Melody Best has developed a new and fresh approach to an early 19th century art painting technique; Theorem painting.  No painting experience necessary.  Evening includes: all of the painting materials you will need, glass of wine, snacks.  Everyone will finish a ready-to frame painting to take home.  We invite you to come back again and again as progressive training is part of the overall goal to expand your artistic talent.  Class can accommodate 15people, call for reservations.  Class located at The Studio inside Cattails $35.00 per…Read more

Friday, September 26th, 2014

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Friday: 11:00am (Tour begins with lunch at 11:00am) Our popular Canal Boat & Trolley Tour begins with a delicious hot lunch at Starved Rock Lodge.  Next, you’ll board one of our trolleys for a ride through historic downtown Utica and stop at Cattails (where you can shop for unique treasures, wine, gifts and more).  Your trolley will then take you on a relaxing ride to LaSalle, where you will board the canal boat.  Step back in time, with period-dressed interpreters, on this 1-hour, mule-pulled canal boat ride. Learn the rich history of Illinois waterways, especially the Illinois & Michigan Canal.  After the boat ride, you’ll travel to the Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center. Your final stop is back at Starved…Read more

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

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MARCH: Saturdays – 12:00pm & 1:30pm Sundays – 12:00pm & 1:30pm APRIL & MAY: Saturdays -  3:00pm Sundays – 12:00pm & 1:30pm JUNE – OCTOBER: Tuesday – 3:00pm Thursday – 3:00pm Saturday – 3:00pm Sunday – 12:00pm & 1:30pm NOVEMBER & DECEMBER:  Saturday: 12:00pm & 1:30pm Sunday: 12:00pm & 1:30pm Price: $12.00 per adult/$10.00 senior/$8.00 children under 10 NOTE: Due to the annual Burgoo Festival in Utica, there will be NO Historic Trolley Tours on Sunday, October 12, 2014. Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall area of the Lodge. Enjoy a historic trolley ride with stops at the Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center where you will see a short video of the area. You will also travel to…Read more

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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MEGAHIKE
Our Spring Mega Hikes will take place on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27. Our Fall Mega Hikes will take place on Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28. Have you ever wanted to hike all the canyons in the park?  Well, now you can do it in one day!  The MegaHike is an adventure you’ll treasure for years to come. There are two departure times, hikes leave the Lodge at 8:30 a.m. and  9:00 a.m., both days, but we’re almost sold out! Expected time for lunch is 1:00 pm for the earlier group and 2:00 p.m. for the later group.  Finish times are approximately 4:30 & 5:00 p.m. The day begins as you board a Starved Rock Trolley…Read more