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Discover the natural wonders of Starved Rock State Park with one of our many water cruises on the Illinois River. The Eagle I river boat runs from June through October, weather permitting. These popular tours include lunch or dinner in our historic restaurant. For more information, please call the Activities Department at (815) 220-7386 or click a specific date below to register online.

Autumn on the River

Tour begins with lunch in our restaurant followed by a narrated trolley tour to interesting places in the Starved Rock area like the IL Waterway Visitor center and Buffalo Rock State Park. Learn about Starved Rock’s history and legends of the area. The trolley takes passengers to the Eagle 1 to see the east end of Starved Rock State Park by water. Restrooms are available throughout the tour and minimal walking is involved. Both the trolley and boat are wheelchair...

Autumn on the River

Tour begins with lunch in our restaurant followed by a narrated trolley tour to interesting places in the Starved Rock area like the IL Waterway Visitor center and Buffalo Rock State Park. Learn about Starved Rock’s history and legends of the area. The trolley takes passengers to the Eagle 1 to see the east end of Starved Rock State Park by water. Restrooms are available throughout the tour and minimal walking is involved. Both the trolley and boat are wheelchair...

Visit a Canyon and a Boat Ride

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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Saturday and Sunday, happening 10 times

Board a trolley with a guide and head to the entrance of one of Starved Rock’s most scenic canyons. The walk is less than a mile and takes about 45 minutes. Following the hike, relax with a boat ride on the picturesque Illinois River. A snack, bottle of water and souvenir drawstring backpack are included. Canyon chosen may vary, depending on weather, river and trail conditions. $40 for adults $35 for children 10 and under. This tour runs June-September.

River Cruise- 1 pm Departure

Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise on the Illinois River aboard the Eagle I. Take in the beautiful scenery as you learn history, hear the legends and more! The trolley will provide transportation to and from the boat. This tour lasts one hour.

River Cruise – 2 pm Departure

Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise on the Illinois River aboard the Eagle I. Take in the beautiful scenery as you learn history, hear the legends and more! The trolley will provide transportation to and from the boat. This tour lasts one hour.

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