Starved Rock State Park is a popular location for outdoor activities including fishing, hiking, canoeing and boating. Eagle watching, picnicking and hunting are also popular at the park, which contains 13 miles of hiking trails open year round. Overnight lodging options include the Starved Rock Lodge, cabin rentals and camping.
Hikers consider Starved Rock State Park a good location because of the area's interesting topography. The park contains 18 different canyons, 14 of which feature waterfalls. In winter, icefalls are visible. Trails range from 0.3 to 4.7 miles long. There are guided hikes available as well as a hiking club that meets regularly.
The Illinois River flows through the park and provides the location for water activities. Visitors can launch boats from the park's west end, and the park also runs paddle wheel boat rides. Catfish, white bass, walleye and carp are among the fish that anglers can catch in the river. Those fish also attract eagles each winter. Thousands of bald eagles migrate to the area, attracting eagle watchers to the park between December and March.
The park conducts activities such as trolley rides, guided tours, educational programs and musical performances. The park's lodge contains 69 rooms, a two-sided fireplace, a dining room, a pool and a lounge. It is available for business events and weddings.