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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 16th, 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

11:30 am - 2:45 pm

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TOM JONES TRIBUTE
John Truncali will start the show with hits from the Rat Pack, Ray Charles, Frankie Valli, even Garth Brooks. After intermission John  will return so you can rediscover the hits that made Tom Jones famous, It’s Not Unusual, Delilah, She’s a Lady and many more. 2014 Dates: September 16 & 17, 2014 (Matinees) Matinee Performances: 11:30am – $32.00 – includes lunch buffet & show For more information and to make a reservation call 815-220-7386. To book Tribute to Tom Jones tickets online, click on a link below. Tuesday, September 16, 2014 – 11:30am Wednesday, September 17, 2014 – 11:30am

Wednesday, September 17th, 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

11:30 am - 2:45 pm

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TOM JONES TRIBUTE
John Truncali will start the show with hits from the Rat Pack, Ray Charles, Frankie Valli, even Garth Brooks. After intermission John  will return so you can rediscover the hits that made Tom Jones famous, It’s Not Unusual, Delilah, She’s a Lady and many more. 2014 Dates: September 16 & 17, 2014 (Matinees) Matinee Performances: 11:30am – $32.00 – includes lunch buffet & show For more information and to make a reservation call 815-220-7386. To book Tribute to Tom Jones tickets online, click on a link below. Tuesday, September 16, 2014 – 11:30am Wednesday, September 17, 2014 – 11:30am

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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FLOWER POUNDING
Join Christy Myers, a local artist, as she uses flowers to make a masterpiece and on September 17! She’ll teach you the art of flower pounding. This fun evening includes wine, snacks, music and art…with you as the artist. Enjoy an instructional art session with family and friends, or come alone and meet new people. No experience necessary. Evening includes all of the materials you will need, glass of wine, snacks. Everyone will finish a ready-to-hang work of art to take home. Advanced reservations are required. Class located at The Studio inside Cattails in Utica. $35.00 per person.Call (815) 220-7386 to join the fun! Click here to Sept. 17 book on-line     

Thursday, September 18th, 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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Basket Weaving- Weaving with Natural Elements September 18th 6:30-8:30p.m. A relaxing beginner class with Leesa Tipton, that will teach you the art of basket weaving.  Anyone can sign up regardless of skill level.  This will be a beginner level basket where everyone will take home their finished basket.  Project will be a small basket with a wooden base that will hold a Yankee Candle (not included) and woven with materials from common plants from local gardens.  There will also be plenty of time for visiting and sipping wine.  Included is all the weaving materials needed and a glass of wine and snacks. Class can accommodate 20 people and reservations are required.  Class will be held at The Studio located in…Read more