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“CAMPGROUND Review” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Starved Rock State Park

Starved Rock State Park
P.O. Box 509, Utica, IL 61373
815-667-4726
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Ranked #2 of 13 Attractions in Utica
Type: State Parks, Hiking Trails, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: Known for its magnificent rock formations of St. Peter sandstone, this scenic park offers many hiking and horseback riding trails plus fishing and boating along the banks of the Illinois River.
Woodstock, Illinois
1 review
“CAMPGROUND Review”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

I wish we went for the day and not overnight. The campgrounds are off-site from the rest of the park. Despite posted quiet hours, there was no one to enforce it, and people were SO FREAKIN LOUD. Kids singing, blowing whistles, people showing up at 11pm and setting up, so so so loud. Nobody to complain to, either, as the people at the actual park don't have anything to do with the campsite. There's nothing to do at the actual campground except avoid dog poop when you're walking to the bathroom.

Visited July 2013
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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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“Great hiking area with possibility of seeing eagles”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

We had a great time at Starved Rock State Park with all the hiking trails and the lodge we stayed at. You may want to make reservations for the Starved Rock Lodge if you are going during peak times. We were traveling in September and were lucky enough to get a reservation. They have a couple of options in the lodge to eat and have a few beers in their bar area after a long day out on the trails. They have a large pool and hot tub to relax in after whatever you've done during the day. We hiked a lot of the trails but especially made sure to hike to the Eagles nest area with hopes of seeing one of the eagles that come thru the area. From the Eagles nest area you get a vast view of the whole area and it was amazing to look down on the river and see the river full of Asian carp and watch them jump out of the water when the barge was moving. We met a lot of people that had traveled and exchanged many stories and got a few ideas for future trips. All in all, we had a wonderful time at this state park with it abundance of things to do. This can be a place to come to for a few hours or if you like to hike it can take days to go down all the trails. There are some trails that go along streams and few with stairs at various levels, so pick a trail that goes with your level of hiking. Have fun and happy hiking. There are also many cabins that can be rented that are on the same level as the lodge area. There is also an area on the lower level that is an information area and bathroom facilities for school outings.

Visited September 2013
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Park City, Illinois
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“The Park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

I like the hiking trails and the boat ride and the gift shop and some of the carved statues. Also the view of the Illinois River.

Visited August 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Seeing the Bald Eagles”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

We bought tickets for the bald eagle trolley at Starved Rock, and it was perfect. A nice lunch (please add another vegetarian option) was followed by a trolley to the lock and dam to see the eagles, which are a magnificent sight. A perfect family trip, which can be followed up with relaxing time at the lodge.

Visited January 2014
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Waukegan, Illinois
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“Great day.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Just got back home after a day outdoors. Saw 15-18 Bald eagles in a single tree and a couple Osprey. Quite the sight to see so many in one tree. Watched for quite while - watching them dive for fish and tear apart their catch. Got to catch a tugboat and barge come through the lock and dam also. Walked some trails at the park - slippery but manageable with creepers ! Evan came upon two deer that watched us pass. Drove around to see Ottawa falls because we were loosing daylight and it was worth the extra effort. Froze from top to bottom and could walk behind the falls. Cold, blustery day today so not many people around, only passed one other on the trails. Such a great day !

Visited January 2014
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