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10/27/20: The bridge over Fox Canyon and sidewalk leading to the lodge from the large parking lot will be closed on Tuesday, October 27 from 9 AM to 1 PM for a routine inspection. Barricades will be in place to redirect traffic.

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.

Perched on a bluff high above the scenic Illinois River Valley is this laid-back bar. Cool off with your favorite cocktail or try a craft beer, made just for us by Leinenkugel and Tangled Roots Brewery.
Lunch and dinner are served daily.

Not Just
a Bar

Craft Beer & Cocktails

Try one of our signature craft beers in the Back Door Lounge. Starved Rock Signature Ale (made by Leinenkugel) is a cross between an English-style amber ale and a pale ale. Our other specialty is Lodge Lager which was released in June of 2018 by Tangled Roots Brewing in Ottawa, IL. Its summery citrus notes are perfectly balanced by a light base of earthy hops. Starved Rock Lodge is proud of our local partnerships with August Hill Winery (Utica, IL), Mississippi River Distilling (LeClaire, IA) and Whiskey Acres Distilling (DeKalb, IL).


Menus & Hours

  • Lunch

    11am – 5pm daily
    Lunch Menu

  • Dinner

    5pm – 8pm daily
    Dinner Menu

  • Late Night Menu

    Temporarily suspended

Bar Hours of Operation
Sunday – Thursday: 11am – 9pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am – 10pm
*Food service available until 8pm daily

Cool Off with some Hippie Punch

Limited seating is available in the Back Door Lounge where food and drink servers are happy to take your order. A face mask is required to enter the Lodge & Back Door Lounge.

Live Music

Our live music
has been cancelled

We hope to bring back our full music schedule next summer.


Other Dining Options

  • Lodge Restaurant

    Limited seating is available in the Main Dining Room for
    breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended.

  • The Veranda

    Outdoor dining (11am-8pm, weather permitting) and handcrafted drinks with a panoramic view

Trailheads Snacks

Carry-out food and drinks from Trailheads and enjoy outdoor dining on the patio. Limited indoor seating.

The Starved Rock Café

Carry-out breakfast, lunch, snacks and sweet treats. Souvenirs, beer and wine also available. Limited seating.

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