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


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Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Tuesdays & Fridays Departure time: 11:00 am Price: $39 per person Start with a delicious hot lunch in the Lodge’s Main Dining Room. Next, board one of our trolleys for a ride through historic downtown Utica and stop at Cattails where you can shop. Your trolley will then take you on a relaxing ride to LaSalle where you will board the canal boat. Step back into time with period-dressed interpreters on this 1-hour mule-pulled canal boat ride. After the boat ride you will visit Starved Rock Visitor Center. There is minimal walking on this tour. Reservation required. If you have any questions or would like to book call 815-220-7386. September 2015 Tuesday, September 1 Friday, September 4 Tuesday, September 8…Read more

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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May Tours: Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm June-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. August 31 – September 6 Tuesday, September 1 @ 3pm Wednesday, September 2 @ 3pm Thursday, September 3 @ 3pm Friday, September 4 @ 3pm – call for…Read more

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

11:00 am - 2:30 pm

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June – September Saturday: 9:30am & 11:00am Monday & Wednesday: 11:00am $40/person NOTE: 11am 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/person. Reservations are necessary. For more information and to book your reservation call (815) 220-7386 or click…Read more

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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May Tours: Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm June-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. August 31 – September 6 Tuesday, September 1 @ 3pm Wednesday, September 2 @ 3pm Thursday, September 3 @ 3pm Friday, September 4 @ 3pm – call for…Read more

Thursday, September 3rd, 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 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. Click here for the July –…Read more

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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May Tours: Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm June-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. August 31 – September 6 Tuesday, September 1 @ 3pm Wednesday, September 2 @ 3pm Thursday, September 3 @ 3pm Friday, September 4 @ 3pm – call for…Read more

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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BELLE OF THE ROCK
June – September Mondays & Thursdays 5pm-8pm $38.50/person 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 or click on the links below. September Tours Thursday, September 3 Monday, September 7 – no tour Thursday, September 10 Monday, September 14 Thursday, September 17 Monday, September 21 Thursday, September 24 – call for information Monday, September 28

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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PAINT & WINE LOGO 2015
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, a 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. Classes are offered only on select Thursday evenings through September. Click the links below to see descriptions of each paint class. $35/person 6:30pm-8:30pm SEPTEMBER CLASSES Sept 3: Melody — Theorem Painting. Choice of fruit or flower Instructor Melody Best has…Read more

Friday, September 4th, 2015

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Tuesdays & Fridays Departure time: 11:00 am Price: $39 per person Start with a delicious hot lunch in the Lodge’s Main Dining Room. Next, board one of our trolleys for a ride through historic downtown Utica and stop at Cattails where you can shop. Your trolley will then take you on a relaxing ride to LaSalle where you will board the canal boat. Step back into time with period-dressed interpreters on this 1-hour mule-pulled canal boat ride. After the boat ride you will visit Starved Rock Visitor Center. There is minimal walking on this tour. Reservation required. If you have any questions or would like to book call 815-220-7386. September 2015 Tuesday, September 1 Friday, September 4 Tuesday, September 8…Read more

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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May Tours: Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm June-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. August 31 – September 6 Tuesday, September 1 @ 3pm Wednesday, September 2 @ 3pm Thursday, September 3 @ 3pm Friday, September 4 @ 3pm – call for…Read more