Schedule Summer Fun at Starved Rock

Warm weather and summer fun are in the forecast this season. So, why not make time to enjoy both at Starved Rock Lodge, in Oglesby? Based in Illinois’ favorite state park, the Lodge is your starting point for summer adventures.

If you’ve always wanted to take on a hiking challenge, join the Take a Hike and Lunch event every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The guided hike takes you through Starved Rock’s canyons, bluffs and seasonal waterfalls on a 3-mile route.

Tour the park in a more leisurely way on the Waterfall & Canyon Tours or the Historic Trolley Tours, both of which depart Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. You’ll learn about Starved Rock’s rich history while touring places like the IL Waterway Visitor Center.

Land & Water Cruises begin with lunch at the Lodge followed by a narrated trolley tour that’s full of local history. Finish your tour on the Eagle 1 riverboat to see Starved Rock by water.

Join the Visit a Canyon & A Boat Ride to experience a weekend-only tour that starts at Starved Rock’s most scenic canyons. Following a short hike, relax with a boat ride on the picturesque Illinois River. Which one of Starved Rock’s 18 canyons will you tour? That depends on the weather and trail conditions.

For a totally different riverside tour, take a Sunset Cruise aboard the Sainte Genevieve sternwheel boat Thursday evenings and enjoy the shimmering landscape of the Illinois River.

All of that adventuring is sure to leave you famished, so Starved Rock Lodge delivers a culinary tour like no other. Enjoy music on the Veranda every Friday and special dining events like Brews with a View & Food on June 20. The Main Dining Room is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sunday brunch is always a crowd-pleaser.

Now, for the real question: is your calendar ready for fun?

Starved Rock Lodge is located off Ill. Rts. 178 and 71 in Oglesby. For reservations, call (815) 220-7386 or book at