Starved Rock State Park

Park Activities:

 Hours

Starved Rock Park Trails:
7:00 a.m. - sunset

Starved Rock Visitor Center:
Daily 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Closed on Federal holidays from November through March.

Starved Rock Campground:
Gates open at 8:30 a.m.  Gates close at 10 p.m. daily.

Starved Rock Lodge: 
separate operating hours, please visit: www.starvedrocklodge.com

 PARK VISITOR Q & A:

Park Questions and Answers Booklet

 Visitor Center:

The Visitor Center exhibit hall, park office, and information desk are open Monday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.

Winter Hours

December through March: 

M-F, 9-4, and Weekends, 10-4


Visitor Center CLOSED on: 

  • Election Day 
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day (Monday the 26 as well)
  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Lincolns Birthday 
  • Presidents' Day 

 IMPORTANT INFORMATION


Trails and Park Areas CLOSED 
to Visitors During the 2022-23 Hunting Seasons. 

November 18-20 and December 1-4

  • Starved Rock Campground

November 18-20, December 1-4, and December 9-11

  • Only the Hennepin Canyon parking lot will be closed at Starved Rock State Park. 
  • Starved Rock Nature Preserve
  • Matthiessen State Park
  • Matthiessen Nature Preserve
  • Mitchell's Grove Nature Preserve
  • Sandy Ford Nature Preserve
  • Margery C. Carlson Nature Preserve

December 29-January 1, and January 13-15

  • Starved Rock Nature Preserve
  • Matthiessen State Park (The Upper and Lower Dells trails will be open to hiking.)
  • Mitchell's Grove Nature Preserve
  • Sandy Ford Nature Preserve
  • Margery C. Carlson Nature Preserve


Currently Closed to Visitors

  • Brown bluff trail above French Canyon is CLOSED 
  • Tonti Canyon and Tonti Bridge are CLOSED.
  • West side trail from LaSalle Canyon to Tonti Canyon is CLOSED. 
  • Owl Canyon Overlook is CLOSED. 

Activity Permits 

(REQUIRED-any group of 20 or more people)

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Office of Land Management requires any group of 20 or more persons who use Department facilities to have advance written permission from the Site Superintendent.

Regardless of group size, the Department may require additional liability coverage to be provided through an Activity PermitRelease of Liability can be used if your organization, family, or school does not have liability insurance. Site managers may deny the request if the facilities are not adequate to handle the size of the group if public health or safety might be compromised, if the liability risk to the Department is too great or if there would be adverse impacts on natural resources at the site.

Activity Permits are to be used whenever a non-traditional use of any facility is requested (for example - a family reunion in the picnic area) and/or any activity that might increase potential liability to the Department (for example - search and rescue teams practicing on rock faces). These requests need to be made at least 21 days in advance of the activity and forwarded to the Regional Office for processing.

Permit to Sell is needed if food or goods are sold, fees are charged, or when money changes hands in any manner among the organizers, spectators, and/or participants.

Guidelines for completing Activity Permits

  1. Complete the Activity Permit at least 2-3 weeks prior to the scheduled visit. 

  2. Acquire Proof of Liability Insurance (business, school, or organization can ask their administrator or main office) or have each participant sign the Release of Liability Form ahead of time. 

  3. Email, mail, or drop off the completed Activity Permit and Proof of Liability Insurance together (or, Release of Liability) to DNR.StarvedRock@illinois.gov at least 2-3 weeks prior to the scheduled visit.

    Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
    PO Box 509
    Utica, IL 61373

  4. The Site Superintendent will respond within 2 weeks from the time the permit was handed in with an approval or denial of the group visit through email (DNR.StarvedRock@illinois.gov) or phone at 1-815-667-4726.


Park Information:

Northwestern Illinois

PO Box 509
Utica IL 61373

815-667-4726 Office M-F

DNR.StarvedRock@illinois.gov

 

N: 41.309
W: -88.989

Starved Rock Site Map



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