Starved Rock Visitor Center

visitor center

Open Monday through Sunday from 9 to 4  

Situated along the scenic Illinois River, the Starved Rock Visitor Center should be the first stop when visiting the park. Once inside the visitor center, visitors can view museum-quality exhibits and displays detailing the park's history, geology, and ecology. 

Hours of Operation

The Visitor Center exhibit hall, park office, and information desk are open Monday through Sunday:

  • 9-4, Daily, April through November
  • 9-4, Monday-Friday, December through March
    • 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 

The visitor center offers a little bit of something for everyone!

  • Junior Ranger Program, please view the INTERPRETIVE tab on this page. 
  • Scouts, please view the INTERPRETIVE tab on this page.  
  • Educators can speak with Lisa Sons Wed-Sun from 9-4 at the visitor center to schedule a guided tour or custom program.  Further information can be found under the INTERPRETIVE tab on this page. 

Movies by Request - CLOSED DUE TO REPAIRS 

  • In the Shadow of the Rock (history) 15 minutes
  • Orientation to Starved Rock 9 minutes
  • Smoky the Bear and Friends (cartoon for kids) 9 minutes
  • Civilian Conservation Corps (history of the CCC at the park) 15 minutes
  • On the Wings of the Wind (bald eagle film) 15 minutes

Trail Maps and Park Information 

Park staff and volunteers will be on hand to explain the trail system, trail suggestions, and park information. Trail maps are available both inside the visitor center at the front desk and outside the visitor center by both the front and back doors.  Large-scale maps are available at every trail intersection and parking lot.  

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Le Rocher Gift Shop 

Hours of Operation:  Open most days when volunteers are present from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The Le Rocher Gift Shop is quite special and unique because it is operated and owned by the Starved Rock Foundation, which is the non for profit friend's group of the state park.  All proceeds from the gift shop (and only this gift shop on site) stay in the park to help purchase park supplies, and park programs, and support park events, displays, and exhibits!

Teachers get a 10% discount on all purchases when they show their school identification card at the register. 

Would you like to learn more about the Starved Rock Foundation?  Become a member today to help support the park!  

Starved Rock Foundation Volunteer Membership Application.pdf

Visitor Center
Visitor Center
Visitor Center