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We have officially been moved to Tier 1 Mitigations. The Main Dining Room and Back Door Lounge will be open for dine in service at 25% capacity. Reservations are required. Table seating is limited for four guests or less. The Cafe will also be open and have seating at 25% capacity. Weddings and meetings are allowed for up to 25 guests or 25% or room capacity (whichever is less). Click here to see details of Region 2’s Tier 1 Resurgence Mitigations from the Illinois Dept. of Public Health and Governor JB Pritzer’s Restore Illinois Program.

Limited Tours Available Now

Relax and enjoy one of our various trolley tours! Trolley transportation is included with every tour. It’s the perfect way to learn about the rich history of the Starved Rock area. Reservations are required. Book online or call our Activities Office at (815) 220-7386.

Historic Trolley Tours

We are once again offering Historic Trolley Tours on select dates. This is the perfect way to learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge as the trolley takes you to Buffalo Rock State Park, through historic downtown Utica and to the Starved Rock Visitor Center. Call (815) 220-7386 for reservations and availability.

  • Various Dates on Saturday & Sunday at 12pm & 1:30pm
  • $12/adults, $10/seniors, $8/children 10 & under

Winter Wildlife Trolley Tours

Join us on Saturday or Sunday in January for a narrated trolley ride to see our winter wildlife in their natural habitat! Tour will depart from the Lodge and take you on a tour through Buffalo Rock State Park to visit our resident Bison! Then we will travel to the IL Waterway Visitors Center observation deck to see if we can spot an Eagle or two! We will also travel to some other areas that are known for Eagle sightings! The trolley will be narrated with history and legends of the area and the park as well! You will receive a sack lunch as you board the trolley. Lunch will include: turkey or veggie wrap, bag of chips, granola bar, piece of fruit and a bottle of water. Masks are required on the trolley at all times. No restrooms will be available on the tour. $25 per person. Call (815) 220-7386 for reservations. Capacity is limited. Choose from 11am to 1pm or 1pm to 3pm. Tour is approximately 2 hours.

  • There are no restroom stops on this tour
  • Runs through January 2021
  • Depart at 11am or 1pm
  • $25 per person

Eagle Trolley Tours

(temporarily unavailable)

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.

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

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

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

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