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Flight Night Coming This Fall!

August 17, 2016
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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 TrolleyTrio.com so that we Read More

Help Protect Starved Rock State Park

August 1, 2016
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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
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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
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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
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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

Going Green in 2016

March 29, 2016
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The trees aren’t the only thing turning green this spring at Starved Rock Lodge. As a historic hotel surrounded by a National Landmark, Starved Rock State Park, there’s always a need to keep the hand-crafted authenticity of the Civilian Conservation Corps in mind whenever updates and changes are made. So, when the furniture in the hotel and dining areas was updated a few years ago, the choice was to go with a company famous for Read More

Rock Star 2016

February 26, 2016
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The 2016 Rock Star finals turned out to be our most competitive ever. Five terrific performers shared the stage. Each had three chances to win over the judges and the crowd.  In the end, Jennifer Peterson of Ottawa walked away as the winner and the finals Fan Favorite performer. Peterson performed “Cleopatra Queen of Denial” and “At Last” by Etta James. Each of the contestants performed one a cappella song with lyrics they were given Read More

2016 Photo Contest Winners

February 22, 2016
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Thank you to everyone who submitted a photo for the 2016 Photo Contest! We would like to congratulate Bill Leib, Kyle Russell and Tony Pocewicz for winning 1st, 2nd and 3rd in show! Bill’s photo of the cardinal won 1st place in Wildlife, Kyle’s photo of Matthiessen took 1st in Canyons and Tony’s sunset of Eagle Cliff took 1st in Landscape. Great photos!

Lodge Wins WeddingWire Award for 3rd Time

January 8, 2016
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Lodge Wins Couples’ Choice Award for 3 rd Time (Utica, IL) – For the third year in a row, Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center received the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® for 2016. This honor was determined by reviews from couples who chose to have their dream wedding at Starved Rock Lodge. This award places the Lodge among the top 5% of wedding professionals nationwide. Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center was the site of Read More

2.5 Million Visitors to Starved Rock in 2015

January 8, 2016
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Starved Rock busts another yearly attendance record Tom Collins NewsTribune Senior Reporter Did you go to Starved Rock this year? More people went to Starved Rock in 2015 than live in the state of New Mexico. Starved Rock State Park released its yearly attendance records Thursday and, once again, there is a new record for yearly attendance. Nearly 2.5 million visitors — 2,496,139, to be exact — jammed the Utica-area park in 2015, an 8 Read More

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