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Starved Rock State Park

The lodge provides a luxurious base from which to explore trails leading to bluffs and canyons of this riverside park. Try ice climbing and eagle spotting in winter.

Comprising dramatic canyons and riverside trails, Starved Rock State Park is among Illinois’ largest and most iconic areas of natural beauty. The site has been the subject of many archaeological excavations, with its fascinating indigenous history showcased in the visitor center. Bring your family to stay overnight in the cabins of the home-like lodge.  

For a comprehensive understanding of the park’s geology and history, start in the Starved Rock Visitor Center. Educational displays and videos shed light on the region’s vegetation, wildlife and geology. Pick up a map and chat with staff about the intricate trail system, before planning your journey through the dense woodland of the 2,630-acres (1,064-hectare) park. 

Hike along 13 miles (21 kilometers) of trails that meander between bluffs and valleys. Posts and markers correspond with signs on the trail map and guide you along official paths. Use the smartphone app for a guided tour. Prepare meals to eat at designated picnic spots. Several shelters have drinking water, tables and restrooms. 

Rent a canoe or bring your own boat to launch from the Boat Ramp. Catch white bass, carp and catfish in the river. In winter, numerous activities open to visitors. Use your own equipment for ice climbing and observe eagles gracing the sky from Eagles Cliff and Starved Rock. 

An elegant stone and log lodge from the 1930s is perched atop a tall bluff in the southern part of the park. Enjoy the pool and sauna, before sunbathing on the patio. 

The visitor center opens daily from morning until late afternoon. Learn from its exhibits about the Kaskaskia peoples, who lived here between the 16th and 18th centuries.

Starved Rock State Park straddles the southern flank of the Illinois River, near Plum Island. The park is a 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) drive south from Utica in LaSalle County. While in the region, check out Matthiessen State Park, Buffalo Rock State Park and LaSalle County Historical Museum.


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Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort

Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort

2643 IL Route 178, Oglesby, IL
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Oglesby resort is located in a state park, within 2 mi (3 km) of Starved Rock State Park, Deer Park Country Club, and LaSalle County Historical Society & Museum. Matthiessen State Park and Buffalo Rock State Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

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    Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center

    2668 East 873 Road, Oglesby, IL
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Oglesby, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Starved Rock State Park, LaSalle County Historical Society & Museum, and Deer Park Country Club. Matthiessen State Park and Dickinson House are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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      Days Inn by Wyndham Oglesby/ Starved Rock

      Days Inn by Wyndham Oglesby/ Starved Rock

      120 N Lewis Ave, Oglesby, IL
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Oglesby, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Dickinson House and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Illinois Valley Community College. Deer Park Country Club and Hegeler Carus Mansion are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Best Western Oglesby Inn $89
        Best Western Oglesby Inn

        Best Western Oglesby Inn

        900 Holiday Street, Oglesby, IL
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Oglesby, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2 km) from Dickinson House and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Illinois Valley Community College. Deer Park Country Club and Hegeler Carus Mansion are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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          Bear Den Villa Getaway

          Oglesby, IL
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Oglesby, this villa is within 2 mi (3 km) of Starved Rock State Park, Deer Park Country Club, and LaSalle County Historical Society & Museum. Matthiessen State Park is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away.

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            Vacation Villa Rental, Near Starved Rock!

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            Oglesby, IL
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated on a river, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Starved Rock State Park, Deer Park Country Club, and LaSalle County Historical Society & Museum. Matthiessen State Park is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.

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              Starved Rock's Cabin in The Woods! -sleeps 14

              Starved Rock's Cabin in The Woods! -sleeps 14

              Oglesby, IL
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Free Night Cozy Family Villa at the Great Location

                Oglesby, IL
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Oglesby, this romantic villa is within 2 mi (3 km) of Starved Rock State Park, Deer Park Country Club, and LaSalle County Historical Society & Museum. Matthiessen State Park is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away.