Starved Rock News & Writings

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A Message from the CEO

June 14, 2017

Dear Friends of Starved Rock Lodge: I am writing to you today because I want you to know how much we value your business and hope you are planning to come back again very soon. Over the past year, we have had a huge increase in the number of people that want to enjoy this beautiful, one-of-a-kind park. Mother Nature has, at times, flooded us with her love, literally. Spring rains caused flooding, forcing the Read More

Rock Star 2017

March 6, 2017

Kira Thompson of Princeton managed to run the table, winning her fourth straight fan favorite and the $500 grand prize as Rock Star 2017, but it was far from a runaway victory. This year’s phenomenal finals featured six strong singers each performing three songs–including some amazing freestyle interpretations. Debbie Kraulidis of Joliet started the night off singing her choice song from 2016 Tim McGraw’s “Humble & Kind.” LaSalle’s Bob Tieman followed with Disturb’s version of Read More

Starved Rock Lodge Updates Windows

February 24, 2017

Starved Rock Lodge is in the process of replacing all Lodge wing, Hotel wing and pool windows. The current windows were installed in the 1980’s and when they were ordered, they were the wrong size – hence the extra boards around the windows. We are returning them to the original size and adding the muntins back in – this is the lattice or grill work that gives them the appearance of being several panes. The current Read More

Holly Jolly Donation Trolley

December 14, 2016

(Utica, IL)- Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center announced today that we have launched a holiday donation campaign called the Holly Jolly Donation Trolley. All donations will be delivered to Illinois Valley PADS the week of Christmas by Santa, who will also be driving the Starved Rock Trolley! Donations of cleaning supplies, disposable paper goods, canned food, travel-size toiletries, plus new underwear and socks may be dropped off in the lobby of Starved Rock Lodge through Read More

Starved Rock Putting the Past Back into the Lodge

December 2, 2016

(Oglesby, IL) On December 1 and December 2, 2016, Starved Rock Lodge installed two new light posts outside the entry of the Great Hall. These posts, which are believed to be original to the Lodge, were in poor condition and had been damaged beyond repair in a windstorm earlier this year. Amy Trimble, Lodge CEO, and the state of Illinois worked together to find a qualified carpenter to re-create the lamp posts to meet historic Read More

Flight Night Coming This Fall!

August 17, 2016

New Event to Showcase Top 3 Starved Rock Businesses (Utica, IL) – Starved Rock Lodge is teaming up with August Hill Winery (Utica) and Lone Buffalo (Ottawa) to launch a new event called “Flight Night”. The trio of businesses will allow guests to safely travel from place to place aboard the Starved Rock Trolley and sample a trio of tastings at each of the three locations. “We created a micro-site called so that we Read More

Help Protect Starved Rock State Park

August 1, 2016

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources recently created a video urging visitors to help protect our beautiful state park. Please remember to always stay on marked trails, bring out what you bring in or use trash cans at trail heads and never deface canyon walls. We ask all visitors to watch the video below:

Kayla Haines Wins 2016 WALLS 102 Country Showdown

July 15, 2016

Kayla Haines Wins 2016 WALLS 102 Country Showdown (Oglesby, IL) – Kayla Haines from Seneca, Illinois won Country Showdown 2016. She sang “My Church” and “A Broken Wing” to be chosen the best singer in the 2016 WALLS 102 Country Showdown. Tim Gleason of Yorkville, Illinois was voted first runner up. This year, Country Showdown took place on the Starved Rock Lodge Veranda for one night only, on July 14, 2016. Seven vocalists performed two Read More

Visitors to Starved Rock Should Watch for Crowd Updates on Social Media over Holiday Weekend

June 29, 2016

Visitors to Starved Rock Should Watch for Crowd Updates on Social Media over Holiday Weekend Starved Rock State Park Received 94,000 Visitors during Memorial Day Weekend UTICA, IL – Travelers planning a trip to Starved Rock State Park near Utica over the Fourth of July weekend are asked to stay informed on park crowds by monitoring Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Facebook and Twitter feeds. During the Memorial Day weekend, the park received 94,000 Read More

Starved Rock Lodge Earns TripAdvisor Certificate

May 31, 2016

STARVED ROCK LODGE EARNS 2016 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE OGLESBY, ILLINOIS, USA – March 26, 2016- Starved Rock Lodge today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience. “With Read More

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