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Starved Rock Lodge has moved to the Bridge Phase of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritkzer’s re-opening plan. Capacity for dining, weddings and meetings is up to 60 people or 60% (whichever is lesser). We are currently adhering to all CDC guidelines regarding face masks and social distancing. Book your getaway to Starved Rock Lodge today and make the most of this lovely spring we’re having. Click here to see all the details from IDPH.

Trolley Tours & Boat Rides

Choose a River Cruise, Land & Water Cruise with lunch or a “Visit a Canyon with a Boat Ride.” Attendees meet outside of the Great Hall and board a Starved Rock Trolley to travel to the Eagle I for a leisurely cruise on the Illinois River. Reservations are required. Book online, call (815) 220-7386 or stop by our Front Desk.

Land & Water Cruises

Illinois River Cruise with lunch

Tour begins with lunch in our restaurant followed by a narrated trolley tour. Learn about Starved Rock’s history and legends of the area. The trolley takes passengers to the Eagle 1 to see the east end of Starved Rock State Park by water. Restrooms are available throughout the tour and minimal walking is involved. Both the trolley and boat are wheelchair accessible. Please inform us when booking if special accommodations are needed. Reservations are required.
Capacity is limited.

  • Runs June – September
  • Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
  • Departs at 11am (ends at 3pm)
  • $45 per person
  • $40 (children under 10)

Visit a Canyon & a Boat Ride

Illinois River & Ottawa Canyon Hike

Board a trolley with a guide and head to the entrance of one of Starved Rock’s most scenic canyons. The walk is less than a mile and takes about 45 minutes. Following the hike, relax with a boat ride on the picturesque Illinois River. A snack, bottle of water and souvenir drawstring backpack are included. Canyon chosen may vary, depending on weather, river and trail conditions. Reservations are required. Capacity is limited.

  • Runs June – October
  • Saturdays & Sundays
  • 11AM to 1:30PM
  • $35 per person
  • $30 (children under 10)

River Cruises

One-hour boat ride on the Illinois River

Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall of the Lodge. The Trolley takes you to Lone Point Shelter to enjoy an hour long boat ride on The Eagle I. The trolley will return you to the Lodge. Reservations are required. Capacity is limited.

  • Runs June-October
  • Saturdays & Sundays
  • Departures at 1PM & 2PM
  • $20 per person

Autumn on the River Cruises

Illinois River Boat Ride

Enjoy lunch from a special menu in our restaurant, followed by a trolley tour filled with legends and rich history of the area. The trolley takes guests to the Eagle I to experience the beautiful fall foliage as you cruise along the Illinois River. Reservations are required. Capacity is limted.

  • Runs in October
  • Thursday & Friday at 11am
  • $45/person

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