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Starved Rock State Park

Park Activities:


Starved Rock Park Trails:  6:30 a.m. -sunset

Starved Rock Visitor Center: 

9am-4pm M-Sun.

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

Canyon waterfalls are currently dry at both Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks.


  • As of August 2021 MASKS are REQUIRED to enter any state park building such as the restrooms, Lodge, or Starved Rock Visitor Center regardless of vaccination status.  
  • Please practice social distancing at all times.
  • Masks must be worn regardless of vaccination status when entering any park building including the restrooms.  
  • Parking lots typically fill and close by 11 a.m. May through October.
  • PARKING ALONG ROADWAYS such as Route 71 and 178 is illegal and vehicles will be towed at the owners expense.
  • Please follow Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks on Facebook for up to date information on parking closures and openings on busy weekends.

Note: The Visitor Center exhibit hall, park office, and information desk are open Monday through Sunday from 9-4. 

Closed on Election Day, Thanksgiving, day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Years Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Presidents Day.  

Important Information

The Starved Rock Marathon will be taking place this Saturday, September 18th. 

Visitors are asked to use Route 178 from Utica to Route 71 this Saturday, September 18th to enter the south entrance of the park.  The west entrance will be closed from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. for the safety of those running in the marathon. 

Route 71 from Ottawa heading west and ending right before the south entrance of the park will be closed  to traffic from 6:30 a.m. -noon for the duration of the marathon. 

  1. All Trails are Open, except for the following:

    • Owl Canyon Overlook
    • Tonti Canyon
    • Tonti bridge
    • Tonti trail from LaSalle Canyon

No Swimming in park waterfalls, creeks, or the Illinois River.

Rock Climbing/rappelling is not allowed anywhere in the park. 

Bicycles, scooters, skates, and skateboards are not allowed on the trails at Starved Rock State Park. 

Drones are not allowed at either park.  

Metal detecting is not allowed at either park. 

It is illegal to possess alcohol at either park. 

It is illegal to possess intoxicating substances at either park.

It is illegal to go off trail or make new trails at either park.  Please follow paved trails that are wider than two people and marked with posts, dots on trees, and maps at intersections. 


Park Information:

Northwestern Illinois

PO Box 509
Utica IL 61373

815-667-4726 Office M-F



N: 41.309
W: -88.989

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