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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 30th, 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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MUSIC OF THE RIVER NEW JPG
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

Thursday, October 2nd, 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.

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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LaSalle Canal Boat High res KCJ
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

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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BACK DOOR LOUNGE FRIDAY NIGHT MAR 2014 KC
The Back Door Lounge is the place to be on Friday nights for relaxing, acoustic guitar and a casual, laid-back atmosphere. Join us for music and fun from 8-11 pm every Friday. Come early  for dinner at Elements or in The Back Door Lounge. Here’s the line-up: October 3rd:  Jeff Manfredini October 10th: TBA October 13th: TBA October 24th:  Steve Sharp October 31st:  John Baize

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

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Ottawa Canyon in the Fall
Every Saturday in October, our Fall Colors Trolley Tours have two departure times. The 9:30 am tour begins with Trolley Tour and guided hike and ends with lunch at 12:00 pm at Elements Restaurant. The second departure starts with lunch at 11:00 am and the Trolley Tour and guided hike follow. Enjoy Starved Rock during the most beautiful time of the year. Tour includes a relaxing trolley ride, hot lunch in our rustic dining room – Elements -and a guided scenic hike to Council Overhang and Ottawa Canyon. Please be sure to wear appropriate shoes as the trails are not paved. There is some hiking involved with this tour. Tour is not recommended for individuals with limited mobility. Reservations are…Read more
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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 - 2:00 pm

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FEATURED IMAGE TAKE A HIKE
Guided hikes with lunch are offered by Starved Rock Lodge on Saturdays and Sundays from April through November.  Participants meet in the Hotel Lobby to pick up a lunch and a souvenir  “Starved Rock” backpack. Our friendly guides from Starved Rock Lodge will share their knowledge of Starved Rock State Park (named a National Historic Landmark in 1960) and Starved Rock Lodge (named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985). Our guided hikes are classified as strenuous.  Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate (waterproof) shoes.  Lunch includes your choice of turkey, ham or peanut butter and jelly; bag of chips; home-made granola bar; piece of fruit; and a bottle of water.  Please bring extra water in hot…Read more

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Fireside Stories at Starved Rock
Saturday Nights July-October 7pm Fox Ridge Many different storytelling events are held under the serenity of the pines at Fox Ridge, our outdoor education & entertainment venue, across from the main doors of the Lodge. Campfire Stories are every Saturday night from July through October. Join us and some of the Illinois Valley’s most engaging storytellers as they share stories, legends, facts and fiction around the fire.  Audience participation is welcome so be ready for some fun! Storytime starts at 7:00 pm. Come and sit around the campfire and share your own stories as well as listen to stories told by professionals. Don’t worry about the snacks. Popcorn and supplies for s’mores will be sold at the Fox’s Den. This…Read more