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  Starved Rock Interpretive Program 

P.O. Box 509
Utica, IL 61373
(815) 667-4906

PARK INFORMATION:

Starved Rock State Park has thirteen miles of hiking trails and eighteen canyons. The park, with its St. Peter's sandstone overlooks, is located along the south side of the Illinois River, one-mile south of Utica. It is midway between the towns of LaSalle-Peru and Ottawa.

Park Hours: ""
6:30 am - 9:00 pm daily
Trail Parking Lots 8 a.m. to sunset

Visitors will appreciate the beauty of Starved Rock by hiking the trails and enjoying the park's many activities. Boating, fishing, camping, horseback riding, picnicking, and winter sports can all add to your Starved Rock experience. Rental of canoes, boats, horseback rides, and skis are available.

Special Note: No Climbing, Rappelling, or Swimming --- Please Stay on Marked Trails

Due to the fragile nature of the St. Peter Sandstone formations, it is very important that visitors stay on officially marked trails. Climbing, scrambling, or rappelling on the rocks and canyon walls is prohibited. Extensive erosion damage and serious personal injury have occurred because of people disregarding these laws.

The Visitors' Center offers displays and information about the area's geology, French and Native American history, flora, and fauna. We can also provide to you information about other area attractions such as hiking, lodging, biking, horseback riding, camping, fishing, river rafting, canoeing, boating, and shopping.

 


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VISITORS' CENTER HOURS

9:00 am - 4:00 pm Daily
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

 

 


INTERPRETIVE PROGRAM

The Interpretive Program at Starved Rock State Park helps the visitor enjoy and understand the environment. The more the visitor knows about the area, the better they will appreciate the park.

 

2015 Special Events at Starved Rock State Park
815-667-4726

2015 Schedule of Events


January

America's State Park's First Day Hike- January 1st

Start the new year with a hike through Starved Rock State Park! Join the park naturalist as we hike up to the top of Starved Rock and into the bottom of French Canyon.  Learn about the history and geology of the park.  Bring your binoculars and your camera ....you'll have a chance to do some eagle viewing from the top of the Rock.  Hike lasts approximately 1.5 hours. Meet at the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 1:oo p.m.

Winter Wilderness Weekend-January 17th & 18th

Join the Starved Rock guides as we hike to see the spectacular icefalls of Starved Rock! Don't forget your binoculars. We'll have a chance to do some eagle viewing from the top of Starved Rock. Learn about the history and geology of the park. Meet at the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 9:oo a.m. & 1:00 p.m.

Eagle Watch Weekend-January 24th & 25th

Bird of Prey shows and family activities at the Starved Rock Visitor Center, Starved Rock Lodge, and lllinois Waterway Visitor Center. Take a short hike to the top of Starved Rock for live eagle viewing or join the park naturalist for a guided eagle viewing tour.  Call for more information.  9:oo a.m. - 4:oo p.m.
p.m. each day.  For a full event schedule of events visit www.illinoisaudubon.org.

 

February

Cross- Country Ski Weekend- February 7th & 8th

Meet at the Matthiessen State Park Dells Area for basic cross-country ski instruction at 9:ooa.m. & 1:00 p.m.
p.m. each day. Ski rentals available.  No snow? Join us for guided hikes through Matthiesssen State Park

 

April

Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage- April 25th & 26th

Join the Starved Rock guides as we hike to overlooks and canyons throughout the park enjoying the variety of spring wildflowers and sparkling waterfalls at Starved Rock State Park.  Learn about the history and geology of the park.  Guided hikes leavefrom  the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 9:oo a. m. & 1:oo p.m. each day.

Earth Day Hike -April 18th

Celebrate Mother Nature at Starved Rock! Join the park naturalist for a hike to the top of Starved Rock and into French Canyon.  Learn about the history and geology of Starved Rock State Park.  Meet at the Starved Rock Visitor Center at n:oo a.m.  Hike lasts 1.5 hours.

Spring Migratory Bird Hike- May 2nd

Join the park naturalist and local bird expert, Tom Williams, as we hike to seek out resident birds and greet our spring migrators. Bring your binoculars and your favorite bird guide. Hike lasts approximately 2 hours.  Meet at the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 7:30a.m.  Hike lasts 2 hours.


June

Free Fishing Days -June 5th - 8th

Free fishing days in Illinois! Fish along the lllinois River. No fishing license needed.

National Trails Day- June 6th

Celebrate National Trails day by hiking with the park naturalist! Hike to the top of Starved Rock and into the bottom of French Canyon. Learn about the history and geology of the park. Meet at theStarved Rock Visitor Center at w:oo a.m. Hike lasts approximately 1.5 hours.

The Art & History of Falconry- June 14t1'

Join local falconer, Rich Escutia as he discusses the art and history of falconry. Live hawks! Program will last start at 12:30 p.m. and last one hour.

Kayaking 101 -June 20th

Learn to kayak at Starved Rock with Kayak Morris! Basic instruction followed by paddling along the bluffs of Starved Rock. Meet at Lone Point Shelter at the east end of Starved Rock. S39.oo rental fee per person.  9:ooa.m. - u:oo noon.  Registration is required.  Register at www  kayalanorris.com/starved-rock.html.     Registration  opens May 1".

The Art & History of Falconry- July 19th

Join local falconer, Rich Escutia as he discusses the art and history of falconry.  Live hawks! Program starts at 12:30 p.m. and lasts one hour.

 

August

The Art & History of Falconry- August 2nd

Join local falconer Rich Escutia as he discusses the art and history of falconry. Live hawks! Program starts at 1230 p.m. and lasts one hour.

 

September

Autumn Migratory Bird Hike -September 19th

Join the park naturalist and local bird expert, Tom Williams, as we hike to seek out resident birds and greet our fall migrators.  Bring your binoculars and your favorite bird guide.  Hike will/eave from  the Starved  Rock  Visitor Center at 8:ooa.m.  Hike lasts 2 hours.

 

October

Fall Colors Weekend  - October 17th & 18th

Join the Starved Rock guides as we hike to overlooks and canyons to view the spectacular colors of fall. Learn about the history and geology of Starved Rock.  Hikes leavefrom  the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 9:ooa.m. & 1:00 p.m.

Haunted Halloween Night Hikes and Storytelling -October 24th

Join the park naturalist as we hike the luminary lit trail to the top of Starved Rock. Hear "haunted"
tales of the park and meet "The Pink Lady".  Haunted hikes leavefrom  the Starved Rock Visitor Center at s:oo p.m.  & 6:oop.m.  Storytelling  with Bill Myers begins at TOO p.m.  and lasts one hour.

 

Sponsored by the Starved Rock Foundation

 

DIRECTIONS

  • I-39 southbound: South to I-80 east (exit #59). Go 2 miles to exit #81 (Route 178, Utica). Go south (right) 3 miles on Route 178 and follow the signs into the Park.
  • I-39 northbound: North to Exit #48 (Tonica exit). Go east (right) for approximately 5 miles to the T-intersection, which is Route 178. Go north (left) for approximately 5 miles and follow the signs into the Park.
  • I-80 Eastbound and Westbound: Get off at exit #81 (Rt.178, Utica). Go south 3 miles on Route 178 and follow the signs into the Park.
  • From the Chicago area: Take I-294 or I-355 south to I-55. Take I-55 south to I-80. Go west on I-80, 45 miles to Exit #81 (Route 178, Utica). Go south (left) 3 miles on Route 178 and follow the signs into the Park.

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