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  Lodge and Concessions Information  

If you are taking a week-long vacation, a weekend getaway, or a day trip, you can find comfortable overnight accommodations and fine dining spots at eight Illinois state parks. Some of the lodges and cabins were built in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps and many of the historic structures have been refurbished. The links below can direct you to our various lodges.


Cave-In-Rock Lodge || Carlyle Lakefront Cottages || Giant City Lodge || Illinois Beach Resort and Conference Center || Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center || Rend Lake Resort & Conference Center || Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center || White Pines Inn


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Cave-In-Rock Lodge: A bank of the Ohio River provides the setting for this historic 200-acre state park in the Shawnee National Forest. The restaurant and lodging in Cave-in-Rock State Park takes its name from a large natural cave used as a hiding place by pirates who preyed upon river travelers after the Revolutionary War until the 1830's.

Today the contemporary setting features four duplex cabins with eight suites, each accommodating up to four people. The suites have baths, a recently installed satellite TV system, kitchenette (no cooking facilities), dining area, wet bar, bedroom, and private patio deck overlooking the river.

The family-style restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, including Southern specialties such as catfish.

Amenities include a nearby nine-hole golf course, playgrounds, and picnic shelters, as well as class B camping and class C tent sites. Outdoor activities include hiking, fishing, boating, bicycling, golfing, picnicking, antiquing and bird watching. Garden of the Gods is less than a 30-minute drive from the lodge.

Located within Cave-In-Rock State Park, the lodge is 55 miles Southeast of Marion off Interstate 57. Travel Highway 13 southeast to Highway 1, then south to the park. Lodging is available seasonally from April to mid-December. Reservations may be made by writing Cave-In-Rock Lodge, P.O. Box 336, Cave-In-Rock, IL 62919 or by phone (618)289-4545.

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Carlyle Lakefront Cottages at Eldon Hazlet State Park: Twelve lakefront cottages are available for rent in the park. The rustic cottages are located on the Carlyle Lake shoreline offering a spectacular view of the lake. The 780 square foot units contain a kitchenette, bar, living area, bedroom, loft and deck. The kitchenette is equipped with stove, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and sink. Other amenities include cable TV, linens, and cookware. Complimentary boat docks for each cottage are available. Each unit is capable of sleeping up to 6 people. For more information on prices and availability, please call Dick Pearson at 618-594-3386 or e-mail Cottages@midwest.net.


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Giant City Lodge is part of a wooded, 3,694-acre Giant City State Park Giant City Lodge located in Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois. The area was inhabited by Native Americans as early as 10,000 B.C. with the sandstone bluffs providing them shelter. The lodge was named for the unusual rock formations that resemble towering buildings and winding streets of a mythical giant's town. The facility sits on a hill, the highest point in the park, and is surrounded by 34 cabins. The lodge is rustic, with sandstone and white timber construction, and many of the original oak furnishings are still in use. Rooms feature full baths, TVs, telephones and forest views.

Other amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, children's pool, stables, gift shop and a meeting room capable of accommodating from 60 to 150 people.

The Bald Knob dining room features a rough-hewn ceiling with brass chandeliers. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is known for its "all you can eat" family-styled fried chicken.

Activities in the area include hiking, horseback riding, boating, and fishing for bass, crappie and bluegill.  The park also offers a handicap accessible trail, but it does have steep drop-offs with no rails.

Giant City Lodge is 12 miles south of Carbondale off Illinois 13 on Giant City Road.

The lodge and restaurant are closed from mid-December until the first weekend of February. For reservations please call us @ (618) 457-4921.

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Illinois Beach Resort and Conference Center: Located on the shore of Lake Michigan and in the most visited state park, the resort offers 92 guest rooms, including four luxury suites. Rooms feature a full bath, TV, telephone and a breathtaking view of Lake Michigan and the state park. 

The resort features a full service restaurant and lounge, complete banquet and catering facilities, meeting and conference rooms for up to 400, Jacuzzi, health club, gift shop and game room. 

The scenic location on Lake Michigan attracts more than 1 million visitors each year, and with the hotel located right on the beach, every sunrise and sunset is an event worth experiencing. 

North Point Marina, a full service marina, containing 1,500 slips is located nearby. Recreational opportunities include hiking trails, walking or jogging on the more than 3 miles of beach, and an 18 hole golf course nearby. Just minutes away is the Six Flags Great America theme park, Gurnee Mills outlet mall and Temple Farms, home of the famous Lippizzan stallions. 

For more information, write Illinois Beach Resort and Conference Center, #1 Lake Front, Zion, IL 60099, or phone (847) 625-7300, or call Illinois Beach State Park at (847) 662-4828.

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Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center: Pere Marquette State Park is situated just outside Grafton on 8,000 wooded acres of land bordering the Illinois River. The spacious lodge's rustic Great Room features a beamed ceiling and a massive stone fireplace. There are 50 lodge rooms and 22 natural stone cabin rooms. Each room features a full bath or shower, TV, telephone and views of the park or river.

The elegant dining room seats 150 people and offers a choice of family-style dining or a la carte menu selections for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch. Catfish, prime rib and grilled breast of chicken are favorites. The lodge features a 2,900-square foot conference center, which breaks into four separate meeting spaces and can accommodate 300 people.

Other amenities include an indoor swimming pool, sauna, whirlpool, exercise room, video game room, tennis courts, playground, stables, cocktail lounge, gift shop and marina with courtesy docks.

Activities include fishing, hiking, boating, horseback riding and picnicking. You can play chess on a life-size board as well.

The lodge, conference center and restaurant are open year round. Pere Marquette Lodge is located five miles north of Grafton on Illinois 100. It is approximately 25 miles northwest of Alton. Reservations may be made by writing Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center, Route 100, Grafton, IL 62037 or by phoning (618)786-2331.

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Rend Lake Resort & Conference Center: Located in Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park in Southern Illinois, this waterside resort offers 105 first-class rooms and cabins. All rooms feature balconies or decks with beautiful lakefront and/or park views. Some rooms have fireplaces and others have sleeping lofts. Cabins are outfitted with refrigerators (there are no cooking facilities, however). All lodgings has phones, TVs and full baths with showers.

Other amenities of the resort are an outdoor swimming pool, children's pool, tennis court, playground, nearby 27-hole golf course, a conference center which can accommodate up to 400, trap shooting, field dog trial grounds, convenience store and gift shop, gas for boats, courtesy boat docking and rental of paddle, fishing pontoon boats, and bicycles.

Windows Restaurant on Rend Lake serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with causal outdoor dining on the deck. House specialties include pork chops, catfish, steak, excellent homemade salads and desserts, and kids' menus. Activities at the resort and the 19,000 acre lake include hunting, bird watching, swimming, boating, sailing and fishing (especially for crappie and largemouth bass).

Rend Lake Resort is easily accessible, just off Interstate 57, south of Mt. Vernon. The complex is open year-round for your enjoyment. For reservations write Rend Lake Resort, 11712 E. Windy Lane, Whittington, IL 62897-9718 or phone 1-800-633-3341.

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Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center: Located on the Illinois River between LaSalle-Peru and Ottawa, Starved Rock State Park is one of the state's most visited sites. The 2,700-acre park has 18 canyons and more than 15 miles of hiking trails.

View of Starved Rock Lodge The native stone and log lodge at the park has 69 guest rooms. There are an additional 21 cabin rooms, some with wood-burning fireplaces. Each room has a full bath, TV (except Pioneer Cabins) and telephone, and many have a view of the bluffs. The lodge also features a lobby and indoor pool complex. The Great Hall is decorated with outstanding Native American artifacts and artwork, and features a beamed ceiling and giant fireplace. The Lodge will turn 75 in 2014.

Besides the indoor swimming pool, other amenities include a children's pool, whirlpool, saunas, outdoor sunning patio, gift shop, lounge, outdoor dining and entertainment on the veranda, boat ramps and canoe rentals.

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Activities in the park area include camping, hiking, bicycling, fishing, boating, horseback riding, picnicking, and wintertime cross-country skiing. In spring, waterfalls make a splash in the park's 18 magnificent glacier-carved canyons, while winter transforms these same falls into magnificent ice sculptures.

The family-style restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Specialties include a spectacular Sunday brunch, kid's menus, prime rib, fried chicken, steaks, seafood and pasta. The Starved Rock Cafe provides lighter fare. Six conference rooms are available. The largest meeting room can accommodate 200 people. The lodge is a popular location for weddings, banquets and business retreats.

Starved Rock Lodge is located within Starved Rock State Park, 10 miles west of Ottawa and Interstate 80, 4 miles south on Illinois 178. The lodge, conference center and restaurant are open year-round. Click here to make reservations or call 815-667-4211 or 800-868-7625.

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White Pines Inn: White Pines Forest State Park, located in northwest Illinois near the Rock River Valley, is rich in Native American History. You can view moss-covered limestone bluffs and ford Pine Creek on a scenic drive through White Pines Forest State Park.

The renovated log cabin inn, crafted from stone and timbers, is nestled under majestic white pines. There are 25 one-room guest cabins, all with fireplaces. The main lodge contains a country gift shop with local artwork. Accommodations feature private baths, TVs, telephones, air conditioning/heating and forest views. There are two "Sweetheart" cabins, with fireplace, love seat and stocked beverage refrigerator.

Other amenities include a conference room with seating for up to 300, special banquet menus, wedding and reception facilities, catered picnics and a dinner theater.

The restaurant, with timbered ceiling and knotty pine walls, serves a "Paul Bunyan breakfast," and is well known for homemade soups, breads and desserts.

Activities include bank fishing on Pine Creek, picnicking, hiking, volleyball, pitching horseshoes and, in winter, cross-country skiing and sledding.

For more information or reservations, write White Pines Inn, 6712 W. Pines Road, Mount Morris, IL 61054, telephone 815-946-3817 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The inn and restaurant are closed late-December through February. Thank you.

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