Fishing at Starved Rock

Boats may be launched from the west end of the park. Also, paddlewheel boat rides are available. Boats are not allowed within 600 feet of the dam, as strong currents and powerful undertows can be dangerous. Catfish, bullhead, white bass, sauger, walleye, carp and crappie may be caught in the Illinois River. Under no circumstances should you attempt to wade or swim in the river, canyons or from any park shoreline.

Applebee’s Bait Shop
Located just off I-80 at the corner of Routes 6 & 178. 

Monday – Friday: 5am – 1pm
Saturday & Sunday: 4:30am-1pm