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“This was my favorite adventure. This was OUR adventure.”

I have had the pleasure of experiencing Starved Rock Lodge many times throughout my life. In fact, I had my first date and got engaged to my husband right here in the park. However, I had yet to experience all the wonders of this amazing place through a family adventure.

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Time to Reunite!

Now that the pandemic is in our rear-view mirror, it’s time to plan a getaway with family and friends. Our calendar filled with fun things to do this summer. Land & Water Cruises run every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (11am to 3pm). Tickets are $45 per person. This is a…

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Starved Rock Lodge Moves to Final Phase of Restore Illinois Plan

Illinois will move to a full reopening, also known as Phase 5, the final phase of the Restore Illinois plan, on Friday, June 11, 2021. On Friday, the state will eliminate all capacity limits on businesses, large-scale events, conventions, amusement parks, and all other venues. Mask requirements for vaccinated and…

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Slogan Contest Winner Announced!

Remember back on January 27 (4 months ago) when it was freezing cold and we asked you to submit your best slogan idea for Starved Rock Lodge’s next winter advertising campaign? Today, we are happy to announce that the winning entry was submitted by Phil Voth. His slogan: “Use Your…

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Spring Impatience

Well, here it is May 18 and it’s damp and rainy. You may find your motivation level to be non-existent. So, here’s an idea. Plan something fun to do. This gloomy weather is going to end and the sun will be shining very soon. Thanks to the rainfall, the waterfalls…

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Illinois will enter bridge phase May 14, 2021

Illinois will enter the bridge phase – the last step before a full reopening out of the COVID-19 pandemic, on May 14, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Thursday, May 6, 2021. “The light that we can see at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter and brighter as more people…

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Bock at the Rock

There’s something new every Friday at Starved Rock Lodge called the $15 Flatbread Friday Special! Chef Steven Magnafici will be serving up a hand-made crust infused with Shiner Bock beer. Each week, this limited time offer will featuring a different topping such as Philly Cheesesteak, Chicken Fontina and Taco. The…

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MegaHike Spring 2021

Starved Rock’s Spring MegaHike departed this morning (April 24, 2021). It was 50 degrees under cloudy skies with 39 hikers and four guides. For some, this is the first time they will hike to all the canyons in Starved Rock State Park in one day. For others like Ron Bengston…

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2021 Veranda Music Schedule Announced

We’ve got a great line-up of live music scheduled on the Veranda for this season. Bands will play every Friday night from 8-11PM. We’ll have music on select Saturday nights, too. Save the date for July 10. Food and beverage service will be available. Food service runs ’til 9PM. The…

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2021 is Blossoming with Hope

Spring is here. Each day new arrivals appear. American White Pelicans can be seen sunbathing on the shores of Leopold Island. Many other migratory birds can be spotted at Starved Rock State Park each spring because of its unique location on the Illinois River (also called the Mississippi Fly-way. This…

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