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Starved Rock State Park

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Starved Rock (eastern canyons of Illinois, Ottawa, and Kaskaskia along route 71 south side of road)
Starved Rock Campground
Starved Rock Nature Preserve
Shotgun season:
November 16th, 17th, 18th
November 29th, 30th
December 1st and 2nd.
Starved Rock Nature Preserve
Muzzleloader season:
December 7-9th
CWD Firearm:
December 27-Dec 30th
January 18-20, 2019


Starved Rock State Park on the Illinois River bluff in La Salle County is one of Illinois'​ most beautiful destinations.  The park's 18 canyons feature vertical walls of moss-covered stone formed by glacial meltwater that slice dramatically through tree-covered sandstone bluffs.  More than 13 miles of trails allow access to waterfalls, fed season runoff or natural springs, sandstone overhangs, and spectacular overlooks.  Lush vegetation supports abundant wildlife, while oak, cedar and pine grow on drier, sandy bluff tops.   

Recreational opportunities abound, from hiking to camping to fishing, boating and hunting. Special events are scheduled throughout the year.  The Starved Rock Visitor Center is open year-round, and the 1930s-era stone and log Starved Rock Lodge offers luxury lodging, cabin rooms, and fine dining.   For lodge reservations, call 1-800-868-ROCK (800-868-7625) or 815-667-4211, or visit the lodge website

Starved Rock State Park's cultural history can be traced to 8000 B.C., with Native Americans tribes and European explorers documenting villages and encampments near the park along the banks of the Illinois River.  The park's name is derived from a Native American legend of a band of Illiniwek who died of starvation atop the 125-foot sandstone butte.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Park Information:

Northwestern Illinois

PO Box 509
Utica IL 61373




N: 41.309
W: -88.989

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