Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort is located in Utica, Illinois, surrounded by the breathtaking natural beauty and endless outdoor adventures of La Salle County. Our family resort is minutes from Starved Rock State Park, one of the most beautiful parks in the Midwest, and Matthiessen State Park, a recreation paradise with deep canyons, rock formations, and hiking and biking trails. Utica edges the Illinois River - a scenic destination for boating and fishing.
Are We There Yet?
Getting here is a breeze. Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort is 90 minutes southwest from downtown Chicago, 10 minutes from Ottawa, 1 hour from Peoria, 1½ hours from the Quad Cities, and 3½ hours from St. Louis. So pack up the kids and head out for an adventure.
Explore dramatic sandstone canyons, waterfalls and scenic hiking trails at Starved Rock State Park. Go horseback riding at Cedar Creek Ranch and discover the stellar beauty of the Starved Rock area. Enjoy whitewater rafting, canoeing, boating and fishing on the beautiful Vermillion River, Illinois River and I & M Canal Waterway.
Tee off on lush fairways at the Dayton Ridge Golf Club, Senica's Oak Ridge Golf Club, Prairie Lake Lodge Golf Club and Pine Hills Golf Club. Experience the action of stock car racing at La Salle Speedway and feel the speed of NASCAR at Chicagoland Speedway.
Sightseeing, Shopping & Sipping
Grizzly Jack's is surrounded by magnificent historic sites, charming wineries and unique shopping. Discover the area's rich history at the LaSalle County Historical Museum, Memorial Park and Hegeler Carus Mansion - a Victorian masterpiece on the National Register of Historic Places. Shop for Amish furniture at Village Oak Haus and find Native American jewelry, pottery, and crafts at Four Feathers. Indulge in a wine tasting journey at Illinois River Winery and August Hill Winery.
Illinois River Winery - 1.5 miles
August Hill Winery - 1.8 miles
La Salle County Historical Museum - 1.9 miles
Matthiessen State Park - 2.4 miles
Starved Rock State Park Visitors Center -