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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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Friday, August 28th, 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. August Tours Friday, August 28 September 2015 Tuesday, September 1 Friday,…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 Tours August 24 – August 28 Friday, August 28 @ 3pm August 31 – September 6 Monday, August 31 @ 3pm Tuesday, September 1…Read more

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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What better way to wind down after a long work week than by relaxing on our Veranda with some music, a cocktail or two and a gorgeous view on a beautiful summer night? Music starts at 8pm and lasts until 11, but we suggest getting here early to grab a table and experience the breathtaking sunset from the Veranda! Weather permitting, Veranda Parties kick off Memorial Day Weekend and continue through Labor Day. Music Schedule Veranda parties start Memorial Day Weekend. Outdoor dining mixed with great music and an amazing view of the scenic Illinois River Valley is a combination you must try this summer! See you there – music kicks off at 8 pm and runs until 11 pm.…Read more

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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4th Saturday of each month. 9am-Starved Rock Lodge Parking Lot Whether you are just beginning in photography, are an advanced amateur or a professional, you are welcome to the Starved Rock Photography Club. Monthly photography walks at Starved Rock State Park’s Lodge with club leader, Jacki Pienta. The Photography Club will meet each month throughout the year for guided walks to planned sites for photography opportunities. Members will informally exchange ideas and tips for quality nature and wildlife photos. We will meet the 4th Saturday of every month at 9am in the back of the Large Parking Lot at Starved Rock Lodge. All meetings will consist of a hike to an area of either Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State…Read more

9:30 am - 12:00 pm

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June – September Saturday: 9:30am & 11:00am Monday & Wednesday: 11:00am $40/person NOTE: 9:30am tours will end with lunch at 12pm. 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 the links…Read more

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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$18/person Group departs from the hotel lobby of the Lodge with a knowledgeable guide to see canyons and bluffs made from St. Peter’s Sandstone. If you’re part of a guided hike in the spring or early summer, there is a good possibility you will be able to see waterfalls as they are seasonal. The guide describes to the group how Starved Rock got its name along with other tales and truths. The hike is considered strenuous as there are many stairs and uneven terrain. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Hikes are about 4.5 miles round trip. Lunch includes: your choice of turkey, ham or veggie wrap, bag of chips, homemade granola bar, piece of fruit and…Read more

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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PANO TROLLEY TOURS SPRING
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 Tours Saturday, August 29 @ 3pm September Tours Saturday, September 5 @ 3pm Saturday, September 12 @ 3pm Saturday, September 19 @ 3pm Saturday, September 26 @ 3pm…Read more

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Join us for a wine tasting in the Hotel Lobby every Saturday from 4 – 5 pm so you can “try it” before you buy it! Sample a variety of Starved Rock Wines, made locally and imported from California. Don’t miss our newest toasting beverage – Starved Rock Bubbly!

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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Want to enjoy the beautiful weather but aren’t sure what to do? Come out to Starved Rock Lodge for music on our Veranda! Enjoy some appetizers, your favorite cocktail, something from the grill and a view of the Illinois River Valley from the Veranda. Parties start at 8pm and lasts until 11pm. Weather permitting, Veranda Parties kick off Memorial Day Weekend and continue through Labor Day. Veranda parties start Memorial Day Weekend. Outdoor dining mixed with great music and an amazing view of the scenic Illinois River Valley is a combination you must try this summer! See you there – music kicks off at 8 pm and runs until 11 pm. Memorial Day – Labor Day Schedule Music runs from…Read more