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Be prepared before you head out to hike at either park this winter!

Dress for the weather and wear the right footwear (NOT SNEAKERS).
We have had around 5 inches of snow and freezing rain, so you can imagine what the trails are like! Please watch your step and take your time. Foot traction such as yaktrax pictured here, hiking sticks or ski poles, and sturdy hiking boots with good tread/traction are highly recommended.

Trails are not plowed, shoveled, or salted outside of the areas of the main buildings such as the Visitor Center and Lodge. Trails are kept natural.

Do not hike into French Canyon this time of year. The sandstone is very slick and hard to gain traction.

Always plan your trip to the park before heading out by visiting www2.illinois.gov/dnr and check out the Starved Rock page under the parks and recreation tab.

Maps are located on the trail at every intersection and parking lot as well as brown informational signs with directional arrows.
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Be prepared before you head out to hike at either park this winter!  

Dress for the weather and wear the right footwear (NOT SNEAKERS).  
We have had around 5 inches of snow and freezing rain, so you can imagine what the trails are like!  Please watch your step and take your time.  Foot traction such as yaktrax pictured here, hiking sticks or ski poles, and sturdy hiking boots with good tread/traction are highly recommended. 

Trails are not plowed, shoveled, or salted outside of the areas of the main buildings such as the Visitor Center and Lodge. Trails are kept natural.   

Do not hike into French Canyon this time of year.   The sandstone is very slick and hard to gain traction.  

Always plan your trip to the park before heading out by visiting www2.illinois.gov/dnr and check out the Starved Rock page under the parks and recreation tab.  

Maps are located on the trail at every intersection and parking lot as well as brown informational signs with directional arrows.

Be prepared before you head out to hike at either park this winter!

Dress for the weather and wear the right footwear (NOT SNEAKERS).
We have had around 5 inches of snow and freezing rain, so you can imagine what the trails are like! Please watch your step and take your time. Foot traction such as yaktrax pictured here, hiking sticks or ski poles, and sturdy hiking boots with good tread/traction are highly recommended.

Trails are not plowed, shoveled, or salted outside of the areas of the main buildings such as the Visitor Center and Lodge. Trails are kept natural.

Do not hike into French Canyon this time of year. The sandstone is very slick and hard to gain traction.

Always plan your trip to the park before heading out by visiting www2.illinois.gov/dnr and check out the Starved Rock page under the parks and recreation tab.

Maps are located on the trail at every intersection and parking lot as well as brown informational signs with directional arrows.
... See MoreSee Less

1 day ago

Be prepared before you head out to hike at either park this winter!  

Dress for the weather and wear the right footwear (NOT SNEAKERS).  
We have had around 5 inches of snow and freezing rain, so you can imagine what the trails are like!  Please watch your step and take your time.  Foot traction such as yaktrax pictured here, hiking sticks or ski poles, and sturdy hiking boots with good tread/traction are highly recommended. 

Trails are not plowed, shoveled, or salted outside of the areas of the main buildings such as the Visitor Center and Lodge. Trails are kept natural.   

Do not hike into French Canyon this time of year.   The sandstone is very slick and hard to gain traction.  

Always plan your trip to the park before heading out by visiting www2.illinois.gov/dnr and check out the Starved Rock page under the parks and recreation tab.  

Maps are located on the trail at every intersection and parking lot as well as brown informational signs with directional arrows.
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The Starved Rock Foundation through generous donations from people like you help further funding for park programs, events, and interpretive materials such as exhibits, maps, and signage found throughout the park.

Through your generosity education and enjoyment of the outdoors can continue at Starved Rock State Park.  We need your help!


Make checks payable to:

Starved Rock Foundation
P.O. Box 398
Utica, IL 61373


How donations are helping

You will be surprised in what can make a difference with keeping this fabulous system running. It is not only about financial assistance but also about people and gifts-in-kind. Look over some of the items below to get an idea of what types of items have helped in the past. We thank you for all of your kind gifts and generosity.

Examples of donated items

  • 8 Upbeat park benches ($6070)
  • Nikon D100 digital camera ($2740.20)
  • Dell Latitude D800 laptop and case ($1759)
  • Dell Dimension 4700 desktop ,Dell 962 all-in-one printer, External floppy drive ($1924.55)
  • 3M overhead projector ($360)
  • Microsoft Office with PowerPoint and Print Shop Deluxe Software ($189.98)
  • Hotpoint refrigerator ($230)
  • Emerson microwave oven ($69.88)
  • Civilian Conservation Corps, historical exhibit in partnership with a grant from the Daughters of the American Revolution ($2,000)
  • Trail maps ($24,000)
  • Eagle and Pelican display ($400)
  • Taxidermy, mammal display case ($$$$)

Examples of donated services

  • $2000 for video production of “The Recent History of the Illinois Indians”
  • $500 to Illinois Audubon Society (Starved Rock Audubon Chapter) for the Eagle Watch Weekend
  • $500 to the Utica Gazebo Fund (2004 tornado)
  • $1200 for Sunday Programs

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About the Starved Rock Foundation

MembershipThe Starved Rock Foundation is a friends group that supports the state park through educational programs, supplies, exhibit updates, leading hikes, trail walkers, front desk support, bookstore, and other labors of love. It is a volunteer-run organization. The Foundation and the staff at the park work hand-in-hand to provide a positive park experience. Without them, the Visitor’s Center, guided hikes, and programs could not happen. You can be part of this team!