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Starved Rock State Park, IL

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Fri Oct 17 2014   Later Dates


Experience the fun of outdoor adventure at Starved Rock State Park. Whether you enjoy hiking along the nature trails or viewing the many spectacular overlooks along the Illinois River, recreational opportunities abound. From picnicking to fishing to boating, from horseback riding to camping to enjoying winter sports, there's so much to do that you'll come back again and again. The backdrop for your activities are 18 canyons formed by glacial meltwater and stream erosion. They slice dramatically through tree-covered, sandstone bluffs for four miles at Starved Rock State Park, which is located along the south side of the Illinois River, one mile south of Utica and midway between the cities of LaSalle-Peru and Ottawa.
The park is best known for its fascinating rock formations, primarily St. Peter sandstone, laid down in a huge shallow inland sea more than 425 million years ago and later brought to the surface.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Aquarium Display
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Boating, Canoeing
  • Cabins
  • Campground Host
  • Camping, Equestrian
  • Canoe Rental
  • Canoeing
  • Cash Machine/Atm
  • Dining
  • Dump Station, Camper
  • Fire Rings
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Fishing
  • Fishing, River/Stream
  • Grills
  • Handicap Sites
  • Hiking
  • Hiking - Difficult
  • Hiking - Moderate
  • Hiking Trail
  • Hunting
  • Information/Contact Station
  • Interpretive Center
  • Interpretive Exhibit/Display
  • Lodging, Cabins
  • Motel
  • Nature Center
  • Office/Ranger Station
  • Parking
  • Photography
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Recycling Station
  • Rentals, Boats, Canoe
  • Restaurant
  • Restrooms
  • Retail, Drinks
  • Retail, Firewood
  • Retail, Ice
  • Retail, Seasonal Concessions
  • Retail, Snacks
  • Retail, Store/Gift Shop
  • River/Stream
  • Shelters
  • Showers
  • Trails, Difficult Hiking
  • Trails, Easy Hiking/Walking
  • Trails, Equestrian
  • Trails, Moderate Hiking
  • Viewing Platform/Overlook
  • Walking
  • Water, Drinking
  • Waterfall
  • Waterfall Access
  • Wildflower Viewing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Antiquing
  • Bicycling
  • Church
  • Emergency Services
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Geological Formations
  • Golf
  • Grocery Store
  • Historic Sites
  • Horse Rentals
  • Hospital
  • Kennel
  • Kiosk
  • Laundry
  • Maintenance, Vehicle
  • Mall
  • Marina
  • Medical Clinic
  • Retail, Bait & Tackle
  • Retail, Supplies
  • Swimming, Pool
  • Town
  • Water Slides
Alerts and Important Information

  • Only a limited number of 50amp hookup sites are available.
  • A responsible adult (18 years of age or older) from the camping party must register for the party and thereby acknowledge compliance with the rules and regulations of the park for the party.
  • At least one responsible adult must accompany each group of 15 minors.
  • Special camping rate reductions apply to Illinois residents only.
  • For a campsite there is a maximum of 4 adults or one family (mom/dad and minor children) per site with not more than 2 tents.
  • Group size and number of vehicles cannot exceed the established maximums.
  • The maximum length of camping stay from May 1 through October 31 is 14 nights in any 30 day period.
  • Alcohol is not permitted in the campground.
  • Alcohol is permitted in the picnic area only June 1 - December 31.
  • All pets must be on a leash and in your control at all times. Pet owners are responsible for their animal's waste and must dispose of it properly.
  • All visitor are required to leave the campground at or before 10:00 pm.
  • Camping reservations for Memorial Day, Labor Day & Fourth of July (when it falls on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday) must be made for 3 nights (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
  • We hope you enjoy your stay or event. Remember, take only memories, leave only footprints.
  • For specific park information or questions regarding your reservation, please call the Park Office at 815-667-5351
  • Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    41.31556, -89.03083
    41°18'56"N, 89°1'51"W

    *I-39 Southbound: Sout to I-80 east (Exit 59). go 2 miles east to Exit 81 (Rt. 178, Utica). Go south (right) 3 miles on Rt. 178 and follow the signs to the park.
    *I-39 Northbound: North to Exit 48 (Tonica exit). go east (right) for approx. 5 miles to the T-intersection which is Rout 178. go north (left) for approx. 5 miles and follow the signs to the park.
    *I-80 Eastbound & Wesbound: Get off at Exis 81 (Route 178, Utica exit). Go south 3 miles on Route 178 and follow the signs into the park.
    *From the Chicago Area: Take I-94 or I-355 south to I-55 south to I-80 west. Go west on I-80, 45 miles to Exit 81 (Route 178, Utica exit). Go south (left 3 miles on Route 178 and follow the signs to the park.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    Starved Rock State Park
    Route 178 & Route 71; P.O. Box 509
    Utica IL 61373

    Phone Number:

    Information: (815)667-4726