Starved Rock State Park


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Campground Description

Starved Rock's campground has 129 Class-A Premium campsites. Each campsite has electricity and a grill pit for your campfire and grilling enjoyment. There is a shower and flush toilet building in each loop of the campground; and a separate youth group camping area.

Situated on a high bluff just southwest of the rock itself is the stone and log lodge built in part by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The lodge has been refurbished, but still reflects the peaceful atmosphere of yesteryear. A new hotel wing has been added and features a registration lobby, an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, saunas and an outdoor sunning patio. The lodge offers 72 luxury hotel rooms and 22 comfortable cabin rooms. The Great Room is centered around a massive stone fireplace.
Contact: State Government
Posted by: TrailAPI on January 5, 2013
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    Campground Activities

    Aquarium Display, BATHHOUSE, BOAT RAMP, 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, HISTORIC STRUCTURE/FEATURE, 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, WATER ACCESS, RIVER / STREAM, Walking, Water, Drinking, Waterfall, Waterfall Access, Wildflower Viewing, Wildlife Viewing, Antiquing, Bicycling, Church, Emergency Services, Fuel, Boats, Fuel, Vehicles, Geological Formations, Golf, Grocery Store, Historic Sites, Horse Rentals, Hospital, Kennel, Kiosk, LODGING, VILLAS, Laundry, Maintenance, Vehicle, Mall, Marina, Medical Clinic, RENTALS, JET SKIS, Retail, Bait & Tackle, Retail, Supplies, Swimming, Pool, Town, Water Slides

    Campground Amenities

    Electrical hookups, Pets OK

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    Camping Fees

    Class-A Premium campsites: $25-35 per night; Lodge accommodations: $95-200 per night

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    Q: How old do you have to be to rent out a camping site? I was going to go with some of my younger siblings and friends, but you need to be 18 for most places and I'm 16. -Guest

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    Reviews of Starved Rock State Park

    Reviewed by Adoonan85 on May 16, 2016

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    Very nice lodge. Great hiking trails. My wife an two small children love hiking here!
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    Reviewed by James Tracy on March 7, 2014

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    Solid campground, but several things to know:

    The campground area is in a different section than the rest of the park, and it's basically camping in an open field.

    It's very popular for families in the summer months, almost crowdedly so. People seeking solitude will not find it here. Then again, if you are going with your family, the kids will probably find plenty of playmates.

    Look, it's a decent campground with reasonable water/power. Good for rookie campers, but the veterans won't enjoy it as much as you'd think.
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    Response by Bluestar99 on November 22, 2014

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    Nice Park, but I agree that the CG being away from the park is a negative. There are 2 loops with sites. One is a large field with some big trees.The other is split. The back half are deep woods sites. Very private. but several hundred yards from the bathrooms. There are a couple port potties tucked in the woods, but bring your bike if you want a flush toilet or a shower. The other half of this loop is wide open. Bath house was clean, but who designs a camp ground with the facilities all the way to one end. Put them in the center of the loop!.
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    Reviewed by adam26 on December 29, 2011

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    Starved Rock is a nice place to visit but the actual campsite is away from the state park which forces you to drive to the state park to actually enjoy the history of the place.
    Campsites are neat and tidy though, and there is a wide selection of sites to camp. It also has a playground which is great for kids. The state park itself is great however it is very popular. So it gets overcrowded on real nice days. There are a lot of stairs also so it will give you a good exercise! Overall its a nice place to visit, but I cant find a reason to make it my favorite place.
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