We have year-round activities related to nature, history, music, and more.
- Operating Hours
- Guided Hikes
- Talks & Programs
Le Rocher Bookstore
All proceeds from the bookstore go to fund the Foundation to keep the Visitor’s Center and programs running.
What you will find at the bookstore:
- nature books for all age levels
- relevant research books
- cards and local photos
- posters and puzzles
- local history and geology
- bird clocks
- stainless steel water bottles
- autographed books by local authors
- sale table!
Hours of operation:
The hours of operation rely only on volunteers who can run the store. This means that the following hours are as much a hope and goal as a schedule. Learn more about being a volunteer
9:00am – 4:00pm*
(* If we have a volunteer to staff it! )
Trails and Attractions
Whether you are looking for a guided hike or want to plot out your trek, here is what you will find outlined for each of the trails and sites at the park.
- Overview of the site
- Length from Visitors Center
- Top view
- Interior view
- Connecting trails
- Starved Rock Lodge: This is a separate entity from the park but offers wonderful lodging, dining, and activities such as Trolley Tours, Pontoon boat tours, music, and more. Check out their Activities page for more details.
- Cross-Country Ski Rentals: 815-343-9014
- Kayak Starved Rock
- Vermillion River Rafting
- CM Canoe Rental
- LaSalle County Museum
- Illinois & Michigan Canal Visitors Center
- Hegeler Carus Mansion – LaSalle, IL
- Reddick Mansion – Ottawa, IL
- Ottawa Cemetery (inquire at the Visitors Center)
- August Hill Winery – Utica, IL
- Illinois Audubon Society (Starved Rock Audubon Chapter)
Step 1: How much time do you have?
- just a couple hours
- half a day
- all day
- a few days
Step 2: What variety of things do you want to do?
I want to …
- hike in canyons
- see waterfalls
- walk along the river
- see eagles
I want to learn more about whatever you have to offer on topics like…
- Native Americans
- Early French Explorers
Step 3: What impact do you want this to have?
I want to ..
- get outside and enjoy nature
- spend time with friends and family
- learn something
- get involved and help
For example, if you only have 2 hours, want to know the significance of the park, see some specific sites, and want to learn more about the area, then you might want to go on a guided hike to Starved Rock, check out the exhibits in the Visitors Center, and peruse the bookstore.
If you have 4 hours, want to maximize on being active outside, and want to feel healthy, then you may want to plot a hike plan based on trails and attractions and pack a picnic lunch.
Couple of days
If you have a couple of days, want to be both outside and learn new things, and want to feel like you were both in nature but also improved your mind then you may want to do a combination of guided hikes, explore some trails, attend a program, and check out the Visitors Center.
Regardless of how much time or resources you have, help is always welcome. Check out ways to get involved!
is a great way to help Starved Rock and other areas you visit reduce what goes into the waste stream and to generally help the environment. Check out the Traveling Green page for helpful tips on planning your next green adventure.
Thanks for doing what you can to help protect our environment!
is important to us! We want to make sure you have a good experience and protect nature. Check out these tips and rules to help make your visit the best experience it can be.
are a great way to see the park in different phases. Many people ask Where are the waterfalls – When are the leaves going to change-When do the eagles get here? All of these items are seasonal, weather, and condition dependent.