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 its 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.
August Hill Winery
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.
Tangled Roots Brewery
At Tangled Roots Brewing Company, we’re about beers, not bandwagons. Flavors, not fads. Liquids, not labels. This is beer done right. With an appreciation for natural elements, and an aversion to pretense. With a devotion to craft, a dedication to authenticity, and a respect for where we came from. A respect for our roots. Check out The Lone Buffalo by Tangled Roots Brewing Company!
Illinois River Winery
Located right on Rt-178 a few minutes south of I-80, we are just on the North side of the Illinois River across from Starved Rock State Park. An hour’s drive from Chicago land, we are an easy afternoon day trip. Posing with our 1928 Model A vineyard truck makes quite the photo op!
Hegeler Carus Mansion
The stately Hegeler Carus Mansion, a recipient of National Historic Landmark status, is also on the National Register of Historic Places. Virtually unaltered since its completion more than a century 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 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.
LaSalle County Historical Museum
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 & Garden
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!
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Cedar Creek Ranch
Cedar Point, IL
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.
C&M Canoe Rental
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.
Vermillion River Rafting
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.
Kayak Starved Rock
Daily Rental Book Online: $55 Pay in Person: $65
½ Day Rental Book Online: $45 Pay in Person: $55
2 Hour Rental Book Online: n/a Pay in Person: $39
Guided Tour: Single $69, Double (Tandem) $49/adult & $39/child (12 & under), 3rd person free (must be under 60 lbs)
Memorial Day – Labor Day: Daily 10am – 6pm
Sept – Early October: Sat & Sun 10am – 6pm