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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, December 23rd, 2014

9:00 am - 11:30 am

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WALKERS CLUB NOV 2014
Weekly, guided hike through Starved Rock State Park (and sometimes visiting nearby Matthiessen State Park). Hike departs at 9:oo a.m. every Thursday morning, year round from the lobby of the Lodge. 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.

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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lights tour
Starved Rock will get you in the spirit of the season with our Tour Christmas Lights Tour which if offered from December 13-23, 2014 (6:00 pm-8:00 pm). Don’t miss the chance to relax before the holidays on this illuminated tour of the LaSalle, Peru, Oglesby and Utica area, when Christmas is in the air!  Let our staff plan the route and do the driving so you can enjoy the beautiful displays of holiday lights while you’re aboard our fully enclosed trolley.  Our trolleys are heated but you may want to bring along an extra blanket.  Each tour comes with one of our  some Christmas carols and songs. Adults: $15 Children 10 & under: $10. Reservations are necessary for this tour.  Please…Read more

Friday, December 26th, 2014

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Join us for a guided hike with the possibility of frozen waterfalls & Eagles from the 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 Eagles Cliff and Lovers Leap for the best view of the majestic Eagles. The tour concludes at the Lodge about 2:00 pm. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear proper footwear. In the event of ice and snow, we advise Yaktrax for extra traction. Hike will be about 4.5 miles round trip. Remember to bring your binoculars and cameras. Included is: homemade granola bar, bottled water, “Starved Rock” backpack and voucher for…Read more

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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Tommy & the Nitecaps Rockin' at  the ROCK
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 at Elements! 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: December 19: Jeff Manferdini: (Laid-back Acoustic Rock) December 26th- Sean Walsh- Secret Play List January 2nd – Kevin Kramer January 9th – Steve n Steve – Eagles, Beatles, hot classic rock January 16th – Double Dave Trio – Classic Rock Hits  …Read more

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

9:00 am - 11:30 am

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photogroup
Whether you are just beginning in photography, are an advanced amateur or a professional, you are welcome to join the Starved Rock Photography Club. Monthly photography walks at Starved Rock State Park’s Lodge with club leader, Jacki Pienta. The Photo Club will meet once per month throughout the year for guided walks to planned sites for photography opportunities or meet in a classroom setting to discuss techniques. Members will informally exchange ideas and tips for quality nature & wildlife photos.We will meet one Saturday of every month at in the Lobby of Starved Rock Lodge (By the Front Desk Check in area). All meetings will consist of a hike to an area of either Starved Rock, Matthiessen or Buffalo Rock State…Read more

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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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 the best view of the majestic Eagles.  The tour concludes at the Lodge about 2:00 pm.  Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear proper footwear. In the event of ice and snow, we advise Yaktrax for extra traction.  The round-trip distance of this hike is about…Read more

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Enjoy a trolley ride (during November and December)  and see historic Starved Rock at the same time!  Board one of our fun trolleys outside the Great Hall area of the Lodge. Travel to the Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center, where you’ll watch a short video about the area. You’ll have time to explore the exhibits and visit the bookstore and Trailheads Concessions, too. The next stop is the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center. Step out on the observation deck and can see Starved Rock from across the river (what a great photo opportunity). You’ll also get to watch barge traffic travel through the locks. Finally, the trolley will take you  through the quaint Village of North Utica. Our trolley drivers are experts at sharing…Read more

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

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Eagle & Trolley 5x7
MARCH: Saturdays – 12:00 pm & 1:30 pm Sundays – 12:00 pm & 1:30 pm APRIL & MAY: Saturdays –  3:00 pm Sundays – 12:00 pm & 1:30 pm JUNE – OCTOBER: Tuesday – 3:00 pm Thursday – 3:00 pm Saturday – 3:00 pm Sunday – 12:00 pm & 1:30 pm NOVEMBER & DECEMBER:  Saturday: 12:00 pm & 1:30 pm Sunday: 12:00 pm & 1:30 pm Price: $12.00 per adult/$10.00 senior/$8.00 children under 10 Enjoy a historic trolley ride and see Starved Rock at the same time!  Board one of our fun trolleys outside the Great Hall area of the Lodge. Travel to the Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center, where you’ll watch a short video about the area. Your tour…Read more

10:30 am - 2:00 pm

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MAIN DINING RM FALL 2013
Sunday Brunch at Starved Rock Lodge is a fan favorite!  Reservations are required. $15.95 per person. Half price for children 10 and under. Children under age 3 are free. Click here to see our Brunch Menu. Please call our Hostess at (815) 220-7321 for reservations.

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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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 the best view of the majestic Eagles.  The tour concludes at the Lodge about 2:00 pm.  Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear proper footwear. In the event of ice and snow, we advise Yaktrax for extra traction.  The round-trip distance of this hike is about…Read more