Starved Rock News & Writings

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Can you #spottheeagle ?

December 22, 2014

The eagles have been migrating down all month – due to the earlier than cold temperatures up north.  Soon, as the temperatures get a little colder here in Illinois, and the ice freezes on the river, the eagles will flock to the dam for feeding.  This is a spectacular annual event here at Starved Rock.  Bird watchers, photographers and just plain Eagle loving folk come to Starved Rock every year for the special occurrence.   The Read More

The Eagles are coming!!!

November 7, 2014

Now that the colder weather is setting in – the North American Bald Eagle will be starting to make their journey from north down to Starved Rock.  These majestic creatures spend their winters with us each and every year, feasting on fish in the Illinois River.  The best time to view them is when the rivers are frozen. When that happens, the only open waters left for fishing are at the dams, so they flock Read More

Governor Announces Expansion at Starved Rock State Park

October 9, 2014

Governor Pat Quinn recently announced the acquisition of a 51-acre parcel of land adjacent to Starved Rock State Park that will provide additional wildlife space and serve as a buffer to protect the park. The Governor also announced wildlife habitat land acquisition in Edgar, Woodford and Jackson Counties and improvement projects at state parks operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect our natural Read More

Starved Rock Voted Best Lodge for a Meeting in the Midwest

February 12, 2014

Starved Rock Lodge (located in Starved Rock State Park) was voted the best Lodge in the Midwest for a meeting. The social media-based contest began on Facebook a few weeks ago and was created by Midwest “We decided to launch the contest because we know there are some great cities and facilities throughout the Midwest and we wanted a way to recognize them,” said Christianne Beringer, Communications Coordinator for Midwest Meetings, “We didn’t want Read More

A new ELEMENT for Starved Rock’s 75th Anniversary

January 20, 2014

Elements is the new name for the Main Dining Room at Starved Rock Lodge. In addition to the new name, a new menu was unveiled at 5:00 pm Friday, January 17, 2014. A new, hand-crafted sign hangs over the entrance to welcome guests to the historic venue built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The Lodge’s Main Dining Room has stood the test of time for its comfortable, relaxed setting and as a Read More

Why have a meeting at Starved Rock?

November 20, 2013

To keep your corporate group from being BORED in board room, why not have an off-site meeting at the Lodge? Unique meetings are one of the things that sets Starved Rock apart from a conventional board room. In addition to that, our teambuilding activities rock! Imagine having a master falconer speak to your team. Maybe a guided hike to a beautiful canyon would refresh and rejuvenate your team. There’s nothing like fresh air to cleanse Read More

Take a hike? Sure: In step with the Starved Rock Walker’s Club

September 9, 2013

Every Thursday—come rain, sleet or snow—faithful members of the Starved Rock Walker’s Club gather at the historic lodge outside Utica to hike the trails of the state park or other nearby recreational areas as a group. “Our weekly walking club was established here at Starved Rock Lodge more then 10 years ago,” explained organizer and Director of Activities Edna Daugherty. “In those years, we have attracted people from all over the area to participate and Read More