Keeping Everyone Safe

August 05, 2020 |

Health & Safety Update from Starved Rock Lodge (August 5, 2020)

Here’s an update on what life is like these days at Starved Rock Lodge. We reopened on May 29, 2020 and have enjoyed welcoming guests back to Starved Rock Lodge over the past several months. We know, that traveling these days requires extra thought. So, we’ve put some safety measures in place for your protection. We want you to know what to expect when you get here.

First of all, even though the Lodge is privately owned, we are a state facility. So, masks are required in all public spaces within the Lodge. The rocking chairs are still on the Veranda—except now, they’re “socially distanced”….There are other changes that have been made to keep you… and our staff as safe as possible as we adjust to the new normal caused by COVID-19. We take your health and safety seriously. That’s why we’re closely following evolving state and federal guidelines.

We’ve installed safety shields at our front desk, host stand and at all retail outlets. You can learn more about this and all of our safety measures by clicking here:  (

We are regularly and carefully cleaning all public areas as well as our guest rooms, pool COMPLEX, restaurants and bar. We’ve reset our dining room and reduced seating capacity. All tables are at least 6 feet apart. We’ve done the same thing in our Back Door Lounge and Cafe …allowing our guests to spread out safely, relax and enjoy this historic getaway nestled in the middle of Starved Rock State Park.

Our guided hikes and boat tours also have reduced capacity, so please book online in advance of your arrival. A trolley ride is included with every tour. Call our Activities Department at (815) 220-7386 or book online at Please wear a mask when you board our trolley on the way to your destination.

The sunflower field was beautiful when it burst into bloom this year. It was wonderful to get outside and soak up the beauty at nearby Matthiessen State Park. It reminded us that we still need and want to have fun, we just need to practice social distancing, wear a mask and be aware of our surroundings.

One thing that hasn’t changed here is our Midwestern hospitality! We’ll be smiling even if you can’t see it. For over 80 years, we’ve had a genuine interest in making sure that you have a great experience at Starved Rock Lodge…where the past is always present.

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