IMPORTANT UPDATE: Per State Mandate, Masks are now REQUIRED regardless of immunization status as we are a State facility. This includes all areas of the Lodge, Cafe, Main Dining Doom, Back Door Lounge, Visitor’s Center and Trailheads Concessions.
Come for the beauty, stay for the adventure
Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center is located in LaSalle County, Illinois. Not only is LaSalle County home to the beautiful Starved Rock State Park, but it’s filled with rich history, charm and adventure! Whether you’re a history buff or a thrill seeker, there’s something for everyone in this area.
Wineries & Breweries
August Hill Winery Utica, IL
Enjoy individual creations conceived in the heart and expressed through the hand in our tasting room located in downtown Utica. We have three sections in our Tasting Room for your enjoyment. The tasting bar area is where we offer wine tastings. The Lounge is our newest area. Whether you are looking for a table for two or an area for a large or small group, our lounge area can accommodate you with its comfortable modular seating. Our three-season patio is the third area. Weather permitting, you can enjoy your favorite August Hill Winery and/or Illinois Sparkling Company wines while relaxing on the patio.
At Tangled Roots we celebrate what comes naturally; the delicious local craft beers we serve, brewed from Illinois hops and barley grown on our own farms; our Farm to Table menus, featuring chef-crafted dishes made from fresh ingredients sourced from local growers and farmers; and the wonderfully diverse tastes and styles of our guests, all of whom find a warm welcome and a great experience at any of our unique local brewpubs. Embrace Nature.
The stately Hegeler Carus Mansion, a recipient of National Historic Landmark status, is virtually unaltered since its completion more than 145 years ago. The Mansion is at once a family home, an example of high artistic achievement in architecture and interior design, and the site of historic accomplishments in industry, philosophy, publishing and religion. Visitors today experience the grandeur of a bygone Victorian era and the heritage of a fascinating family whose history is woven tightly with that of the Illinois Valley and the United States, as well as internationally.
The Reddick Mansion is listed on the National Registry within the Washington Square Historic District. It was the only building of significance on the square at the time of the Lincoln-Douglas Debate on August 21, 1858. William Reddick, the Mansion’s owner, was part of this historic event. The interior has been restored to reflect the grandeur and charm of that time.
The LaSalle County Historical Society’s museum campus is located in the heart of downtown Utica along the historic Illinois and Michigan Canal, itself a historical landmark. The museum campus features five facilities: the Canal Warehouse, the One-Room School House, the Heritage Center, the Blacksmith Shop and the 1875 Barn.
Weber House is a storybook tudor cottage which sits on a two acre English Arts and Crafts Garden of meandering paths, roses, hollyhocks and old oaks. Inside, you will find cozy candlelit rooms that reflect the 18th century. The garden tour begins at a handsome red gate which opens to reveal hundreds of flowers, shrubs, trees, statues and fountains. A crushed stone path leads the way through a series of “rooms,” ending at Luther Hall for refreshments.
The tour has 8 different cables (150- 1,000′ long and dual racing 800 footers!) each with its own characteristic of speed, heights roughly 85 feet off the ground, and great oversights of the river valley below. Your own personal Chicago wilderness awaits, an adventure that will make you scream and giggle like you are a kid again. We have no age limits but we do have weight limitations; our minimum being 60 pounds and our maximum 275 pounds. The tour is completely guided and contains no motorized machines for propulsion. All you have to do is enjoy your flight! Our guests can reach speeds of up to 45 mph. The platforms and suspension bridges are surrounded by an assortment of native trees. Check out our different tours to see which adventure is the right one for you!
Skydive Chicago’s team is dedicated to excellence in customer service, facilities, and safety. Setting the Standard through an evolving culture where goals become achievements, moments become memories, and friendships last forever.
Cedar Creek Ranch offers horseback riding, gator creek cruises and horse boarding services. Enjoy a leisure guided horseback ride on one of our horses through beautiful nature trails. Traveling with your horse? Overnight boarding available. Call 1-815-481-3337 for pricing.
Captain Mike Hanson will now pick you up at the front door of Starved Rock Lodge. Mike has over 35 years of fishing experience. He received his Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) through the United States Coast Guard. He holds a Passenger Boat License with the IL Dept. of Natural Resources and is licensed to carry up to 6 passengers. Book him as your fishing guide on the Illinois River and ride in a sweet, new boat. Gas, tackle, bait & poles are included. Bring your own drinks, lunch and sunglasses. Dress for the weather. Four-hour fishing trips start at $400.Call (815) 830-9597 for more information.
C&M Canoe Rental, located in Wedron, IL on the Fox River, includes the use of a 17 ft river canoe, paddles, life jackets, and transportation to one of two locations along the Fox River. Trips should be booked in advance (at least two weeks) by calling C&M Canoe Rental from early spring through the fall. Bookings can be made from 1 to 100 canoes or more depending on the size of your group.
The Vermillion river is a fisherman’s paradise, with numerous eddies, slack pools, overhanging and downed trees, deep holes and rocky shorelines. Don’t forget that this is a whitewater trip and sooner or later, you are going to get wet! The big Vermillion River starts its 50 mile course as a pair of creeks on the border of Ford and Livingston counties, deepens as it rolls through Pontiac to the dam at Streator, picks up speed as it winds through Matthiessen State Park and empties into the Illionois River near LaSalle/Peru.
The I&M Canal Boat welcomes back visitors for the 2021 Season. “The Volunteer” is a mule-pulled 1840’s replica canal boat. Every trip begins with “Mule Tending 101” as period-dressed guides introduce the passengers to Moe the mule. Tales of the canal are told while the deck hand, mule tender, and boat captain guide the boat one mile up the canal to the Little Vermillion aqueduct and back in an hour-long adventure.
Boat rides are typically available Friday-Sunday at 11:30 am, 1:00 and 2:30 pm.
Rides are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors, and $9 for kids. Various weekdays are also available, for a full schedule and more information, checkthe website
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