Park News & Writings

Help Protect Starved Rock State Park

August 1, 2016
Help Protect Starved Rock YouTube Video

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources recently created a video urging visitors to help protect our beautiful state park. Please remember to always stay on marked trails, bring out what you bring in or use trash cans at trail heads and never deface canyon walls. We ask all visitors to watch the video here.… Continue Reading

Visitors to Starved Rock Should Watch for Crowd Updates on Social Media over Holiday Weekend

June 29, 2016
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Visitors to Starved Rock Should Watch for Crowd Updates on Social Media over Holiday Weekend

Starved Rock State Park Received 94,000 Visitors during Memorial Day Weekend

UTICA, IL – Travelers planning a trip to Starved Rock State Park near Utica over the Fourth of July weekend are asked to stay informed on park crowds by monitoring Illinois Department of

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Book Your Spring Break Today!

February 2, 2016

Book your Spring Break vacation at Starved Rock Lodge. We offer a variety of overnight packages that the kids are sure to enjoy! While you’re here, take a ride on one of our Starved Rock trolleys, hike to beautiful canyons and seasonal waterfalls or swim in our indoor pool complex! Call today to book your Spring Break getaway: (815) 667-4211. … Continue Reading

2.5 Million Visitors to Starved Rock in 2015

January 11, 2016
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Starved Rock busts another yearly attendance record
Tom Collins
NewsTribune Senior Reporter

Did you go to Starved Rock this year? More people went to Starved Rock in 2015 than live in the state of New Mexico.

Starved Rock State Park released its yearly attendance records Thursday and, once again, there is a new record for yearly attendance. Nearly 2.5 million … Continue Reading

#1 Fascinating Spot Straight Out of a Fairy Tale

December 11, 2015

Starved Rock State Park was named the #1 on the list of 9 Fascinating Spots in Illinois That are Straight out of a Fairy Tale. See the article here: Reading

Lodge Gift Cards Now Available Online

December 11, 2015
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Good news from the North Pole!

Santa just announced that Starved Rock Lodge Gift Cards can now be purchased online at

Gift cards can be redeemed for massages, Starved Rock t-shirts, souvenirs and gifts, dining, overnight getaways, guided hikes, Musical Tribute Show tickets and much more!

If you’re still looking for that perfect holiday gift, give the one

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It’s Almost Leaf-Peeping Time

September 30, 2015

By Kathy Rodeghier
Daily Herald Correspondent

We wanted a walk in the woods. The first day of autumn had arrived last year, which had me itching to lace up my shoes and go rubbernecking for fall colors not too far from home. But where? And when?

The where proves easy: Starved Rock State Park, just 90 minutes southwest of Chicago. … Continue Reading

A New Look for Starved Rock Lodge

June 16, 2015

Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center near Utica recently unveiled a new website and a new logo.

“The need for a responsive website was urgent. More people are looking at our website on mobile phones and tablets so we needed an easy-to-navigate site that looked good on all platforms,” said Lodge CEO/President, Amy Trimble.

The Lodge chose Web 312 of

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Pelicans at Starved Rock?

April 17, 2015

flyingpelicansliderYes, pelicans do visit Starved Rock!  That may shock a lot of people, but this great phenomenon has been happening now for about 10 years.  After some investigating, it turns out that over the last 10 years or so, a few of these pelicans began migrating up and down the Illinois River. Until then, the furthest east they were known … Continue Reading

Let the Spring Songbird Migration BEGIN!

March 17, 2015

The migration of songbirds who spend their winters in Mexico, South America and other places where insects are available all year round take place every Spring.  To the birder (or photographer like me), this is a very exciting time of year.   If you are looking in the right places and are patient and diligent enough to try, you can witness … Continue Reading

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