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Starved Rock State Park is one of the best and most beautiful 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. First time at Starved Rock? We suggest a guided hike and a historic trolley tour to learn about the area. We offer seasonal trolley tours, year ’round guided hikes, musical tribute shows, special events, educational programs, children’s activities and so much more! Come explore this jewel in the crown of LaSalle County and see why we attract more than two million visitors each year!


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Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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March: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm April-May: 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. Tuesday September 27 @ 3pm Wednesday September 28 @ 3pm Thursday September 29 @ 3pm Friday September 30 @ 3pm Monday October 3 @…Read more

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

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. Hikes will take place the Wednesday…Read more

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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March: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm April-May: 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. Tuesday September 27 @ 3pm Wednesday September 28 @ 3pm Thursday September 29 @ 3pm Friday September 30 @ 3pm Monday October 3 @…Read more

Friday, September 30th, 2016

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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May – October (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. *Late arrivals will not be refunded. September 2016…Read more

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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March: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm April-May: 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. Tuesday September 27 @ 3pm Wednesday September 28 @ 3pm Thursday September 29 @ 3pm Friday September 30 @ 3pm Monday October 3 @…Read more

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

9:30 am - 1:00 pm

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Fall Colors Trolley Tours October (Monday & Saturday) Ticket price: $30/person Saturdays, 9:30am: Tours begin with trolley ride/hike and end with lunch at 12pm Mondays & Saturdays, 11am: Tours begin with lunch at 11am and trolley ride/hike follow Enjoy Starved Rock during the most beautiful time of the year. Tour includes a relaxing trolley ride, a hot lunch in our dining room and a guided hike to Council Overhang and Ottawa Canyon. The hike on this tour is less than a mile and takes 45 minutes. This tour is not recommended for individuals with limited mobility. Call (815) 220-7386 to book tickets. Saturday October 1 at 9:30am Saturday October 8 @ 9:30am Monday October 10 @ 9:30am Saturday October 15 @ 9:30am…Read more

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Saturdays & Sundays 11am-2:30pm $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 seasonal waterfalls. 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…Read more

11:00 am - 2:30 pm

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Fall Colors Trolley Tours October (Monday & Saturday) Ticket price: $30/person Saturdays, 9:30am: Tours begin with trolley ride/hike and end with lunch at 12pm Mondays & Saturdays, 11am: Tours begin with lunch at 11am and trolley ride/hike follow Enjoy Starved Rock during the most beautiful time of the year. Tour includes a relaxing trolley ride, a hot lunch in our dining room and a guided hike to Council Overhang and Ottawa Canyon. The hike on this tour is less than a mile and takes 45 minutes. This tour is not recommended for individuals with limited mobility. Call (815) 220-7386 to book tickets. Saturday October 1 @ 11am Monday October 3 @ 11am Saturday October 8 @ 11am – Call for information Monday…Read more

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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March: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm April-May: 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. Saturday October 1 @ 3pm Saturday October 8 @ 3pm Saturday October 15 @ 3pm – Call for more information Saturday…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 – 5pm 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!