Boating, Marinas, & Water Cruises

Take a cruise of the Illinois River aboard the Belle of the Rock, rent a Canoe or ride the Canal Boat on the I & M Canal located in LaSalle.   All tours are weather and water level permitted.  Check out more information to plan your next water adventure!

Water Cruises at Starved Rock

Offered June – September, Mondays @ 11:00 a.m. & Saturdays @ 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Ticket Price: $40..00 per person.Please call 800-868-7625 ext. 386 for reservations

This Tour includes a relaxing trolley ride, hot lunch at Starved Rock Lodge (in our rustic Dining Room), and a leisurely, 1-hour river cruise on the historic “Belle of the Rock”, an authentic paddle wheel boat.  There is minimum walking and restrooms are available throughout the tour. For more information or to book a tour, call 815-220-7386

Offered June – September, Check-in:5:15 p.m. & runs from 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Mondays & Thursdays
Ticket Price: $38.50 per person. Please call 800-868-7625 ext. 386 for reservations

Board a Starved Rock Lodge Trolley and travel to the “Belle of the Rock” an authentic paddle wheel boa for a leisurely cruise on the picturesque Illinois River. After the cruise, the trolley will bring you back to the Lodge, where you will enjoy a special dinner (your choice from our special menu) served with cheesecake for dessert.


Offered Tuesdays only, June-September
Ticket Price: $42.00 per person. Please call 800-868-7625 ext. 386 for reservations

New for 2013!  Meet us in the Starved Rock Lodge’s Great Hall for check in and to receive your lunch.  You will board a trolley to take you to the Belle of the Rock, an authentic paddle wheel boat.  Aboard the boat you will hear and enjoy the history of many river songs, such as Proud Mary, Alabama’s Tennessee River and Credence Clearwater Revival’s Green River.  After the 1 ½ hour lunch cruise you will re-board the trolley for a historic tour with stops at the State Park Visitor Center and the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center.

Offered May – October, Every Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Ticket Price: $39.00 for adults / $33.00 children (10 and under). Please call 800-868-7625 ext. 386 for reservations

Start with a delicious hot lunch at Starved Rock Lodge.  Next, board one of our trolleys for a ride through historic downtown Utica and stop at Cattails where you can shop.  Your trolley will then take you on a relaxing ride to LaSalle where you will board the canal boat.  Step back into time with period-dressed interpreters on this 1-hour mule-pulled canal boat ride.  After the boat ride you will visit the Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center.  There is minimum walking involved in this tour and restrooms are available throughout. For more information or to reserve call 815-220-7386.

visitorcenter-1128Illinois Waterway Visitor’s Center

During cold winter months – view the majestic bald eagle! See the indoor displays and the checkout the wheelhouse of a barge where you can drive the boat.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day
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Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm
Details: (815) 667-4054
Dee Bennett Road at Starved Rock Lock and Dam

The Belle of the Rock

Paddle boat tours depart from the boat house on the riverfront (located just west of the Starved Rock Visitor Center). In addition to the river tours, canoes rental is available.
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Details & Reservations: (815) 434-9200


Spirit of Peoria

Affordable Overnight Excursions to & from Starved Rock Lodge. Experience the Nostalgia of the Illinois River Aboard our turn-of-the-Century Paddlewheeler. Overnight Excursions or day trips available June-November.
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Starved Rock Adventures

Jet Ski the Illinois River and have a wild time, Ski Boats also for rent. Call for rates. Must be 18 years of age and have a valid drivers license to rent. Your one stop for a wet and wild time on the water. Starved Rock Marina on Dee Bennett Rd., Ottawa.
Details: (815) 434-6386

Starved Rock Marina

Boat launch & overnight boat docking. Other area activities include: bowling, golf (indoor & outdoor), bicycling, camping, Movie Theatres, and shopping. Located 5 miles east of Rt. 178 on Dee Bennett Road.
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Details: (815) 433-4218