Photo Gallery: Raptors flex their wings at Starved Rock

Photo Gallery: Raptors flex their wings at Starved Rock

​​​​​​George and Bernie Richtor are the proprietors of Save Our American Raptors (SOAR), a nonprofit organization entirely operated by private donations. The organization, which visited Starved Rock Visitor Center on Sunday, takes in the birds and teaches various classes on rapto…
See owls, hawks, falcons, and an eagle at Starved Rock

See owls, hawks, falcons, and an eagle at Starved Rock

Saving Our American Raptors, also known as SOAR, will lead a presentation with live birds of prey including owls, hawks, falcons, and an eagle. Bring out the whole family to learn about these fascinating raptors and their natural habitats.
Celebrate National Take A Hike Day

Celebrate National Take A Hike Day

There are over 60,000 miles of trails in the United States, and Starved Rock Country has some of the best to offer. Come out and celebrate National Take A Hike Day, on Sunday November 17, with two free guided hikes around Ottawa, Illinois.These hikes are an excellent way to get o…
Get moving this winter in Starved Rock Country

Get moving this winter in Starved Rock Country

Ice and snow can be a bummer ... if you're not in Starved Rock Country! From scenic cross-country skiing to snowmobiling and even ice climbing, you can take your pick of winter activities. Here are some of our favorites:Eagle Watching Ice Climbing Cross-Country SkiingIce Fishing …
Starved Rock Country Fall Colors

Starved Rock Country Fall Colors

Here are 10 great photos taken around Starved Rock Country this Fall. Tag your instagram posts with #starvedrockcountry and, with your permission, we'll feature them in an upcoming photo gallery!Taken by Tom SistakTaken by @wknelsonTaken by @lea_tamboleyTaken by @kyle_petersen21T…
3 Family-friendly Halloween Activities

3 Family-friendly Halloween Activities

Are you looking for some fun seasonal activities that won't keep the kids up at night? Wanting to celebrate Halloween without all the scares? Here are three great family-friendly events happening this weekend across Starved Rock Country!Incredible Bats and More! Family Friendly D…
Video: Starved Rock Fall Colors Weekend

Video: Starved Rock Fall Colors Weekend

There are tons of great Fall activities coming to Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center this weekend. Here's a sneak peek at what you can expect, including information on the upcoming Oktoberfest Dinner (Oct. 19th 5:0 p.m., Oct. 20th 5:00 p.m., Oct. 23rd 11:30 a.m., Oct. 24th …
Before the Chicago Marathon, take a run in Starved Rock Country

Before the Chicago Marathon, take a run in Starved Rock Country

Before the Chicago Marathon this Sunday, head out to Ottawa's Heritage Harbor for a free timed run along a beautiful stretch of water!The event is hosted every Saturday, starting at 9:00 A.M. This Saturday, before the Chicago Marthon is always the most popular run of the year, so…
Family of former park ranger gives artifacts to Starved Rock

Family of former park ranger gives artifacts to Starved Rock

Dan Costello said his father Dominic, a park ranger from the late 1960s to the early 1980s, used to walk his dog Sam throughout Starved Rock State Park and collect the Native American artifacts he spotted along the way. On Friday, Dan donated that collection to the Starved Rock V…
5K run/walk returns to Ottawa's Dayton Bluffs, adds 10K

5K run/walk returns to Ottawa's Dayton Bluffs, adds 10K

The Dayton Bluffs Preserve Trail Run and Walk returns to Starved Rock Country this Saturday. This hidden gem features two of the most scenic race routes in the region, with a beautiful prairie-lined 5K loop and a challenging new riverfront 10K.The Dayton Bluffs Preserve Trail 5k/…