Park News & Writings

New Addition to the IDNR Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center

March 22, 2019

New water bottle filler at the IDNR visitor center at Starved Rock State Park. Installed March 20, 2019. Our hopes are that this will deter visitors from bringing or buying disposable plastic bottled drinks that cause 99% of our litter issues along the river and trails at the park.

Bring your own bottle, fill it up, drink it up, take … Continue Reading

Starved Rock State Park Voted Best Tourist Attraction in North Central Illinois

March 22, 2019

(Oglesby, IL) – Winners have been announced in the 2019 Best of North Central Illinois Contest and Starved Rock Lodge took top honors in five categories. The Lodge was named Best Hotel, Best Fine Dining, Best Prime Rib, Best Live Music Venue, and Best Place to Work. In addition, Starved Rock State Park was named Best Tourist Attraction.

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Road Construction Fall 2017

September 29, 2017

Road Construction & New Traffic Pattern on Route 178

September 29, 2017 (Oglesby, IL) – Caution! Construction on Route 178 south of the Illinois River has begun. Traffic patterns have been altered as visitors approach the west entrance to Starved Rock State Park. A new bridge is being built next to the current bridge and these changes are necessary for … Continue Reading

A Message from the CEO

June 14, 2017

Dear Friends of Starved Rock Lodge:

I am writing to you today because I want you to know how much we value your business and hope you are planning to come back again very soon.

Over the past year, we have had a huge increase in the number of people that want to enjoy this beautiful, one-of-a-kind park. Mother Nature … Continue Reading

Help Protect Starved Rock State Park

August 1, 2016

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

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

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

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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