Everything from Paddle boats to Water Cruises are available to enjoy! Rent a Houseboat for the weekend, Jet Ski the Illinois River and have a wild time. Check out more information to plan your next water adventure!
Join us at Fox Ridge for a one hour introductory session on Wild Birds of Illinois. There isn’t a much better place for bird watching…more details
Starved Rock Adventures
Rent a Houseboat for the weekend, 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. View Website Details: (815) 433-4218
Illinois 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 View Website 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. View Website 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. View Website
Water Cruises @ Starved Rock
LAND & WATER CRUISES on “BELLE OF THE ROCK” Offered June – September, Mondays @ 11:00 a.m. & Saturdays @ 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Ticket Price: $38.00 per person.Please call 800-868-7625 ext. 386 for reservations
Tour includes a historical trolley ride, hot lunch buffet at Starved Rock Lodge, and a leisurely 1-hour river cruise on the “Belle of the Rock”, an authentic paddle wheel boat. It is the best way to enjoy the Hot summer weather & great view of nature!
CASUAL DINNER & EVENING CRUISES 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 boat. 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 served with cheesecake.
CANAL BOAT & TROLLEY TOURS Offered May – October, Every Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Ticket Price: $38.00 for adults / $33.00 children (10 and under). Please call 800-868-7625 ext. 386 for reservations
Join us for the newest history tour that Starved Rock Lodge has to offer. Start off with a delicious Hot Lunch Buffet in the rustic dining room at Starved Rock Lodge. Next, board one of our trolleys for a ride to our State Park’s Visitor Center. Your trolley will also take you on a relaxing ride to the Canal Boat located in LaSalle. Step back in time to 1848, with period-dressed interpreters on this 1-hour mule-pulled canal boat ride. Finish the tour with a final stop at the Lock 16 Visitor Center. Each passenger will receive a commemorative souvenir.