Starved Rock Foundation
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Visitor's Center Main Number:
(815) 667-5356

(815) 667-5356

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Hours of Operation

Open Daily
9:00 a.m. to 4:00pm
(Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day)

Restrooms remain open until 8 p.m.
(during daylight savings time)

Restrooms remain open until 6 p.m.

Park Hours
5:00 am - 9:00 pm
Trail Parking Lots
8 a.m. to sunset


The Starved Rock Foundation is a completely volunteer-run organization. There are AMPLE opportunities to help out. You may have an hour, a day, a week, a summer, or special skills that you could offer to help out. Contact us and we will match you up with an area of support.

Learn more about becoming a volunteer.

The Starved Rock Foundation & Visitor's Center Welcomes You!

In order to insure a safe visit please be aware of Park Rules:

  • NO Rock Climbing anywhere in Park.
  • Stay on the marked Trails.
  • NO swimming or wading in canyon pools or the river.
  • Do not deface canyon walls with etchings, paint, or markers.
  • NO littering; bring trash to receptacles by parking areas.

2017 Special Events

winter wildernessJanuary 21 & 22, 2017 - Winter Wilderness Weekend

Free guided hikes to see the spectacular ice falls of Starved Rock. Enjoy bald eagle viewing and the geology of Starved Rock. Meet at the Visitor's Center at 9:00am and 1:00pm Saturday & Sunday.

Click here to learn more about Winter Wilderness


EagleJanuary 28 & 29, 2017 - Eagle Watch Weekend

Birds of prey shows* and family activities at the Visitor Center, Lodge and Illinos Waterway Visitor Center.

*Sponsored by Ameren Illinois and the Illinois Audubon Society (Starved Rock Audubon Chapter) at the Starved Rock Lodge.

Click here to learn more about Eagle Watch Weekend


WildflowersApril 29 & 30, 2017 - Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage

Enjoy the great variety of spring wildflowers at Starved Rock. Free guided hikes leave from the Visitor's Center Saturday and Sunday at 9:00am and 1:00pm.

Click here to learn more about the Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage


October 14 & 15, 2017 - Fall Colors Weekend Fall Colors

Free guided hikes to see the spectacular colors of fall. Meet at the

Visitor's Center Saturday and Sunday at 9:00am and 1:00pm.


Click here to learn more about Fall Colors Weekend

October 28, 2017 - Haunted Halloween Festivities on Saturday Night

  • Free Luminary Lit guided hikes leave the VC at 5pm & 6pm.
  • Kids free Halloween crafts in the cabin next to the VC from 5pm - 7pm.
  • Halloween storytelling with Bill Myers in the VC at 7pm - lasts 1 hour.