Hunting & Fishing

The Illinois River near Starved Rock is known as the “Sauger Capital” of the world! Each year, this tournament brings fishermen from near and far to compete for the biggest catch. Despite cold weather and inclement conditions, the tourney continues.

During the hunting season, the Visitor Center and Starved Rock Lodge will remain open. Hiking trails from St. Louis Canyon to Owl Canyon will also remain open (these are the trails to the north of Route 71). Trails south of Route 71 will be closed.