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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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Thursday, May 26th, 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

5:00 pm - 7:00 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. Classes are offered only on select Thursday evenings June through September. Time: 5-7pm Cost: $35/person Location: Starved Rock Lodge Café Thursday, May 26, 2016 Thursday, June 23, 2016 Thursday, August 25, 2016 Thursday, September 22, 2016

Friday, May 27th, 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. Friday May…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. 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. Friday, May…Read more

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Waterfall & Canyon Tours April-May (Monday & Saturday) Ticket price: $32/adult, $27/children 10 & under Saturdays, 9am: Tours begin with trolley ride/hike and end with lunch at 12pm Mondays & Saturdays, 11am: Tours begin with lunch and trolley ride/hike follow Experience a fun, outdoor adventure at Starved Rock with a guided hike to three spectacular waterfalls and canyons: French, St. Louis and Ottawa. The tour also includes lunch and a relaxing, historic trolley ride. This is a hiking tour and is not recommended for individuals with limited mobility. Call (815) 220-7386 to book tickets. Saturday, May 28 @ 9am – Call for information Monday, May 30 @ 9am

9:00 am - 11:00 am

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Saturday, May 28th Photo Club has been cancelled due to the Holiday weekend.  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…Read more

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Waterfall & Canyon Tours April-May (Monday & Saturday) Ticket price: $32/adult, $27/children 10 & under Saturdays, 9am: Tours begin with trolley ride/hike and end with lunch at 12pm Mondays & Saturdays, 11am: Tours begin with lunch and trolley ride/hike follow Experience a fun, outdoor adventure at Starved Rock with a guided hike to three spectacular waterfalls and canyons: French, St. Louis and Ottawa. The tour also includes lunch and a relaxing, historic trolley ride. This is a hiking tour and is not recommended for individuals with limited mobility. Call (815) 220-7386 to book tickets. Saturday, May 28 @ 11am – Call for information Monday, May 30 @ 11am

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

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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PANO TROLLEY TOURS SPRING
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, May 28 at 3pm June 2016 Saturday, June 4 @ 3pm Saturday, June 11 @ 3pm Saturday, June 18 @ 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 – 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! Event is free to hotel guests. If you aren’t a hotel guest, you can purchase 5 tastings for $3 or 10 tastings for $5. Cash only.