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Trail Update: All trails are open except the Lodge’s (eastside) Veranda staircase and Illinois/Ottawa Canyon connecting trail. Matthiessen Dells Area at Matthiessen State Park is now open. The trail closest to Lake Falls and shelter is still closed as well as the Vermillion River Access area. For more information, please visit IDNR’s website.

Per Illinois guidelines, face coverings are required in all buildings (and trolleys) at Starved Rock Lodge & State Park.

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Starved Rock Lodge Wins Two Wedding Awards

Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center was announced a winner of two awards honoring the top wedding professionals across the board in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism.  The first award, is the Couples’ Choice Award, which was reviewed by couples on WeddingWire. The second award is from brides and grooms…

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Should We Be Rushing Things?

The countdown to spring has already started. Yet, we wake up to day after day of gloomy mornings and we need to have something to look forward to, right? That’s one of the major benefits of forward planning. If you book a 3-day getaway for Spring Break now, you’ll have…

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What’s For Dinner is Not What You’d Expect

Executive Sous Chef Bobby Riahi inspires his culinary team to think outside the box and create new recipes made from local fare. Sous Chef Joe Kurrle accepted that challenge and the result is the newest item on the menu at Starved Rock Lodge: Pumpkin Gnocchi. This entrée is a team…

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For the Love of Starved Rock

In the next year, a group of individuals, in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, will be kicking off a fundraiser called For the Love of Starved Rock to help generate interest and monetary donations to improve park trails and preserve the natural resources for future generations.

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Visit Starved Rock Lodge this Winter!

Blog Post Written by Kathy Casstevens, Marketing DirectorJanuary 9, 2020 After the rush of the holiday season is over, it’s time to enjoy the beauty of winter. Snow is in the forecast and Sled Dogs return for a live demonstration this Sunday, January 12th. Jason Hussong, director of Free…

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Fall Isn’t Just One Weekend

The magnificent colors of autumn are still very present at Starved Rock State Park and will probably be pretty for a few more weeks. Nestled in the middle of this autumnal beauty Starved Rock State Park is a one-of-a-kind destination which sits high atop a bluff overlooking the scenic Illinois…

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Corn Picking with Whiskey Acres Distillery

On Tuesday, August 27th, employees from Starved Rock Lodge teamed up with Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. to pick corn for our upcoming seasonal local fare dinner special. In addition to the corn picked for our local fare, 65 dozen ears of sweet corn were picked and donated to the Northern…

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