Starved Rock State Park

Park Activities:


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:

 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.

Visitor Center CLOSED on: 

  • Election Day 
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day 
  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Lincolns Birthday 
  • Presidents' Day 


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

· Starved Rock State Park (Only Hennepin Canyon parking lot closed to visitors)

· 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

  • The Movie Theater at the Starved Rock Visitor Center is CLOSED until further notice. 
  • 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. 


The Illinois Department of Natural Resources requires any group of 20 or more persons who use Department facilities (trails, shelters, group hikes, and tour groups, schools, youth groups, families, travel or outdoor tours, etc.) to have advance written permission from the Site Superintendent or Site Manager. 

Activity Permit 

Activity Permits must be submitted to at least 3 weeks prior to the visit for site and state approval.  Filming permits and Permits to Sell must be requested at least 1 month in advance by emailing  

Park Information:

Northwestern Illinois

PO Box 509
Utica IL 61373

815-667-4726 Office M-F


N: 41.309
W: -88.989

Starved Rock Site Map

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