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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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Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Trolley Schedule » Land & Water Cruise June-September Monday, Wednesday & Friday 11am – 3pm Ticket price: $41/person Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 11am: Tours begin with lunch and trolley/boat ride follow Tour begins with lunch 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 east end of the Starved Rock State Park area by water. There are restrooms available throughout the tour and minimal walking is involved. Reservations are required. Please call 815-220-7386 to register. *Please note: Late arrivals will not be refunded. Friday September 13 @ 11am…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: Monday-Friday: 3-4:30pm Saturday & Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm July – October: Monday, Wednesday & 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. Please note: We currently do not…Read more

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

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

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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Thursday on the River through October 3pm – 4:30pm $20/person  Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall of the Lodge at 3pm. The Trolley takes you to Lone Point Shelter to enjoy an hour long boat ride on The Eagle I. Arrive back at the Lodge at 4:30pm. Reservations are recommended. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386. Please note: Late arrivals will not be refunded. Thursday September 19 – Click here to register Thursday September 26 – No tour Thursday October 3 – Click here to register Thursday October 10 – Click here to register Thursday October 17 – Click here to register Thursday October 24 – Click here to register Thursday October 31 – Click here to register

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Trolley Schedule » June – September Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 5pm-8pm $41/person Board a Starved Rock Trolley and travel to Lone Point Shelter where you’ll board the new river boat, “The Eagle I” for a leisurely, scenic cruise on the picturesque Illinois River.  After the cruise, the trolley returns you to the Lodge where you’ll enjoy dinner from our special menu, served with dessert, in our historic Main Dining Room. Reservations are required. For more information and to make reservations call  815-220-7386. Please note: This tour needs a minimum of 10 people to run Monday September 16 @ 5pm Tuesday September 17 @ 5pm Thursday September 19 @ 5pm Monday September 23 @ 5pm Tuesday September 24 @ 5pm Thursday September 26 @…Read more

Friday, September 20th, 2019

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Trolley Schedule » Land & Water Cruise June-September Monday, Wednesday & Friday 11am – 3pm Ticket price: $41/person Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 11am: Tours begin with lunch and trolley/boat ride follow Tour begins with lunch 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 east end of the Starved Rock State Park area by water. There are restrooms available throughout the tour and minimal walking is involved. Reservations are required. Please call 815-220-7386 to register. *Please note: Late arrivals will not be refunded. Friday September 13 @ 11am…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: Monday-Friday: 3-4:30pm Saturday & Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm July – October: Monday, Wednesday & 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. Please note: We currently do not…Read more

Saturday, September 21st, 2019

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Trolley Schedule » Visit a Canyon with a Boat Ride June – September Saturday & Sunday Ticket price: $33/person Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am & 12:30pm Enjoy a trolley ride for a scenic, guided walk to one of our majestic canyons. The walk is less than a mile and will take about 45 minutes. The trolley will then take you to the Eagle I for a 1.5 hour boat ride on the picturesque Illinois River. This tour is not recommended for individuals with limited mobility. Canyon chosen may vary, depending on the weather, river and trail conditions.  Reservations are required. Please call (815) 220-7386 to register. Saturday September 14 @ 11am – No Tour Sunday September 15 @ 11am Saturday September 21…Read more

11:00 am - 1:30 pm

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April – November Saturdays & Sundays 11am-1:30pm $18/person Group departs from the hotel lobby of the Lodge with a knowledgeable guide to see canyons and bluffs made from St. Peter’s Sandstone. If you’re part of a guided hike in the spring or early summer, there is a good possibility you will be able to see seasonal waterfalls. The guide describes to the group how Starved Rock got its name along with other tales and truths. The hike is considered strenuous as there are many stairs and uneven terrain. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Hikes are about 3 miles round trip. Lunch includes: your choice of turkey, ham or veggie wrap, bag of chips, granola bar, piece…Read more

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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Trolley Schedule » March: Saturday: 12 & 1:30pm Sunday: 12 & 1:30pm April-May: Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm June: Monday-Friday: 3-4:30pm Saturday & Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm July – October: Monday, Wednesday & 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. *Late arrivals will not be refunded.…Read more