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Starved Rock State Park is one of the best and most beautiful destinations for hiking in the Midwest. We know that our guests love to come here to see the natural beauty of the park, but there’s so much more to see and do. First time at Starved Rock? We suggest a guided hike and a historic trolley tour to learn about the area. We offer seasonal trolley tours, year ’round guided hikes, musical tribute shows, special events, educational programs, children’s activities and so much more! Come explore this jewel in the crown of LaSalle County and see why we attract more than two million visitors each year!


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Monday, October 22nd, 2018

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Available October 1-2, 15-16, 18-19, 22-23, 29-30 Single: $440/person Double: $380/person Triple: $350/person Quad: $320/person Starved Rock Lodge Excursions prove the saying that “getting there is half the fun.” This trip features two days of leisurely cruising on the river and an overnight stay at the historic Starved Rock Lodge in Utica, Illinois. Wonderful buffet-style meals are provided, including a prime rib dinner on the boat. Throughout the day, our entertainers make sure there’s never a dull moment. The Spirit’s own riverlorian brings to life the history of the Illinois River through a delightful mix of stories and historical artifacts. The boat’s resident musicians present hours of live toe-tapping music including ragtime piano, banjo, guitar, sing-alongs and more. The whistling…Read more

9:30 am - 1:00 pm

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Trolley Schedule » Fall Colors Trolley Tours October (Monday & Saturday) Ticket price: $30/person 9:30am: Tours begin with trolley ride/hike and end with lunch at 12pm 11am: Tours begin with lunch at 11am and trolley ride/hike follow Enjoy Starved Rock during the most beautiful time of the year. Tour includes a relaxing trolley ride, a hot lunch in our dining room and a guided hike to Council Overhang and Ottawa Canyon. The hike on this tour is less than a mile and takes 45 minutes. This tour is not recommended for individuals with limited mobility. Call (815) 220-7386 to book tickets. Saturday October 20 @ 9:30am – Click here to register Monday October 22 @ 9:30am –  Click here to register Saturday October 27 @ 9:30am –  Click…Read more

11:00 am - 2:30 pm

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Trolley Schedule » Fall Colors Trolley Tours October (Monday & Saturday) Ticket price: $30/person Saturdays, 9:30am: Tours begin with trolley ride/hike and end with lunch at 12pm Mondays & Saturdays, 11am: Tours begin with lunch at 11am and trolley ride/hike follow Enjoy Starved Rock during the most beautiful time of the year. Tour includes a relaxing trolley ride, a hot lunch in our dining room and a guided hike to Council Overhang and Ottawa Canyon. The hike on this tour is less than a mile and takes 45 minutes. This tour is not recommended for individuals with limited mobility. Call (815) 220-7386 to book tickets. Saturday October 20 @ 11am – Click here to register Monday October 22 @ 11am – Click here to register Saturday…Read more

11:30 am - 2:30 pm

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October 22, 2017 @ 11:30am A celebration of Germany! Food, Beer, Wine and Music. Join the fun! Sample German wine and beer. New this year – Tangled Roots Brewing (Ottawa, IL) will be here with their Oktoberfest beers! Enjoy a buffet of German foods and listen to authentic German music by the Duseldorfers German Band. Reservations are required for this event. Call 815-220-7386. $25.00 buffet only or $40.00 buffet/tastings/stein. Please note: when booking an overnight stay, Oktoberfest is not included in your stay. Click here to see the 2018 menu

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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Trolley Schedule » March: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm April-May: Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm June-October: Monday-Friday: 3-4:30pm Saturday & Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm November-December: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Pricing $12/adult $10/seniors (60 & over) $8/children (10 & under) Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall of the Lodge. Learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge. Travel to the Lock and Dam, through historic downtown Utica and the Starved Rock Visitor Center. Reservations are recommended. For more information or to book, call (815) 220-7386. October Tours Thursday October 18 @ 3pm Friday October 19 @ 3pm Monday October [email protected] 3pm Tuesday October 23 @…Read more

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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Trolley Schedule » March: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm April-May: Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm June-October: Monday-Friday: 3-4:30pm Saturday & Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm November-December: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Pricing $12/adult $10/seniors (60 & over) $8/children (10 & under) Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall of the Lodge. Learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge. Travel to the Lock and Dam, through historic downtown Utica and the Starved Rock Visitor Center. Reservations are recommended. For more information or to book, call (815) 220-7386. October Tours Thursday October 18 @ 3pm Friday October 19 @ 3pm Monday October [email protected] 3pm Tuesday October 23 @…Read more

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

11:00 am - 2:30 pm

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Trolley Schedule » Select Dates in October 11am – 2:30pm $41/person Tour begins with lunch at 11am in the historic dining room at the Lodge, followed by a narrated trolley tour with history and legends of the area. The trolley will then take you to the new river boat, “The Eagle I” where you will see the beautiful fall foliage of the Starved Rock State Park area by water. There are restrooms available throughout the tour and minimal walking is involved. For more information and to book your reservation call (815) 220-7386. Wednesday October 24 –  Call for more information Thursday October 25 – Click here to register Friday October 26 – Click here to register Tuesday October 30 – Click here to register Wednesday October…Read more

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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Trolley Schedule » March: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm April-May: Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm June-October: Monday-Friday: 3-4:30pm Saturday & Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm November-December: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Pricing $12/adult $10/seniors (60 & over) $8/children (10 & under) Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall of the Lodge. Learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge. Travel to the Lock and Dam, through historic downtown Utica and the Starved Rock Visitor Center. Reservations are recommended. For more information or to book, call (815) 220-7386. October Tours Thursday October 18 @ 3pm Friday October 19 @ 3pm Monday October [email protected] 3pm Tuesday October 23 @…Read more

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Thursdays, 9am Free – Open to the Public Would you like someone to hike with you? Don’t know where to hike? Come one, come all! Meet us on Thursdays at 9am in the Lodge lobby for pre-planned group hikes. These hikes take a few hours and usually end around noon. The best part is the hiking schedule changes each week and repeats itself each quarter so you get to see each part of the park in every season of the year! Some hikes head to Matthiessen or Buffalo Rock State Parks. Hike 12 times and earn a free lunch in the Main Dining Room! No pre-registration is required. Please wear appropriate clothing, shoes and bring a water bottle! Ask for a full schedule…Read more

11:00 am - 2:30 pm

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Trolley Schedule » Select Dates in October 11am – 2:30pm $41/person Tour begins with lunch at 11am in the historic dining room at the Lodge, followed by a narrated trolley tour with history and legends of the area. The trolley will then take you to the new river boat, “The Eagle I” where you will see the beautiful fall foliage of the Starved Rock State Park area by water. There are restrooms available throughout the tour and minimal walking is involved. For more information and to book your reservation call (815) 220-7386. Wednesday October 24 –  Call for more information Thursday October 25 – Click here to register Friday October 26 – Click here to register Tuesday October 30 – Click here to register Wednesday October…Read more