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Starved Rock State Park and Starved Rock Lodge are open. Although the Lodge is privately managed, guests and employees of the Lodge must wear face masks in all (indoor) public areas, maintain social distancing of 6-feet and comply with all state regulations. Enjoy limited indoor dining, outdoor dining on the Veranda or place a carry-out order. The Starved Rock Cafe and Trailheads Concessions are also open daily for food, drinks, ice cream and more.

Limited Tours Available Now

It’s summer! Relax and enjoy a Land & Water Cruise or add a short hike on our “Visit a Canyon with a Boat Ride.” Trolley transportation is included with every tour –the perfect way to learn about the rich history of the Starved Rock area.
To make a reservation, please call our Activities Office at (815) 220-7386.

Historic Trolley Tours

(temporarily unavailable)

When Historic Trolley Tours return, you’ll learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge as the trolley takes you to the Lock and Dam, through historic downtown Utica and to the Starved Rock Visitor Center.

  • March-May: Saturday & Sunday at 12pm & 1:30pm
  • June-Oct: M, W, F at 3pm, Saturday & Sunday at 12pm & 1:30pm
  • Nov & Dec: Saturday & Sunday at 12pm & 1:30pm
  • $12/adults, $10/seniors, $8/children 10 & under

Waterfall & Canyon Trolley Tours

This tour begins with a hot lunch off a special menu in our restaurant and a short trolley transportation ride to three trail entrances. From there, experience outdoor adventure with three 45 minute guided hikes to French, St. Louis and Ottawa Canyons.

  • Runs in April & May
  • Saturday at 9am & 11am
  • Monday at 11am
  • $35/person

Fall Color Trolley Tours (TBD)

Experience the spectacular display of fall colors with a 45 minute, guided hike to scenic Council Overhang and Ottawa Canyon. Relax on a Starved Rock trolley ride and enjoy lunch off a special menu in the restaurant.

  • Runs in October
  • Saturdays & Mondays at 9:30am & 11am
  • $32 per person

Spooky Ottawa Trolley Tours

Prepare to be scared! Tom Aussem from Awesome Ottawa Tours will give us a tour of Ottawa’s Spooky Haunts, Forgotten Graveyards and Infamous Places on this 2 hour trolley tour! Board the trolley at Starved Rock Lodge and hear some local legends, then venture through Ottawa with Tom to truly get spooked!

  • Runs in October
  • Tuesdays at 6pm
  • $20 per person

Christmas Lights Trolley Tours

Relax and enjoy the holidays on the illuminated tour just before Christmas. Let our staff do the driving while you experience some of the area’s spectacular light displays. Trolleys are heated but you may want to bring a blanket. Please note: The restaurant will open early for dinner reservations before the tour. To book this tour, please call (815) 220-7386.

  • There are no restroom stops on this tour
  • Runs December 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20
  • 6-8pm
  • $18 per person

Eagle Trolley Tours

Enjoy a short trolley ride to the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center for eagle viewing from their observation deck and an educational presentation all about eagles. This tour includes lunch in our restaurant from a special menu during the week and brunch on Sunday. Dress warmly.

  • Runs in January & February
  • Monday & Wednesday at 11am $30/person
  • Saturday at 9am & 11am $30/person
  • Sunday at 10:30am $35/person

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