Challenge the kids at Canyon Creek Miniature golf, an 18 hole course that’s fun for the whole family. If video games are your thing, try the Cave Arcade on the water park level.
There are high-tech video games for the whole family and prizes galore at our ticket redemption center. If the kids need some more play time, Bear Island features a fully equipped playground with equipment for kids of all ages.
There’s always the waterpark and the amusement park, but the Starved Rock area has just about every kind of activitiy you can think of.
If you’ve never hiked through the canyons at Starved Rock, you’re really missing something. Trails are maintained and steps are built over the really rough terrain, so you can bring the whole family. And if you’re a golfer, there are family-friendly courses just a few miles from Grizzly Jack’s. For those who like the water, there’s fishing, boat rentals, canoeing and even white-water rafting (Beginner’s Level).
There are many bike routes throughout the area, primarily the bike and walking path along the I&M Canal that stretches from Joliet to LaSalle and Peru.
I&M Canal Ottawa Accesses:
Bicycle Rental – Mix’s Trading Post
Watch all wildlife throughout the area, and in late winter-early spring its “Flock to the Rock”: come and watch eagles soar over the Illinois River at Starved Rock. Visit www.flocktotherock.com
Take a tour on an old time paddle wheel boat, enjoy a lunch cruise, rent a motorboat or jet ski: you can do all of these things within minutes of Grand Bear Resort.
C&M Canoe Rental
Canoe the Vermilion
Discovery Center Systems, Inc.
|Ottawa Fox River Canoe Rentals
Ottawa Riverboat Co.
Parkview Boat Tours Inc.
This is a big sport in these parts. ESPN 11 televises 2 fishing tournaments from this area every year.
Sandy Ford Canoe Launch Area
Starved Rock Bait and Tackle
Pine Hills Golf Club
Prairie Lake Lodge Golf Club
Senica’s Oak Ridge Golf Club, Inc.
Walk the many miles of nature filled forest trails within Starved Rock State Park or go for a picnic. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has information on hiking trails.
Rent ponies, horseback ride and hayrides all at Starved Rock Stables. Just 2 miles away.
Horse Stables – Starved Rock Stables
Black Sock Training Stable Inc.
You’ll find history and points of interest around every corner through Utica, LaSalle and Ottawa.
Hegeler Carus Mansion & Foundation
Hume Carnegie Museum
|LaSalle County Historical Museum
Blacksmith shop, barn, one-room schoolhouse
Mill & Canal Streets, Utica
Wed – Fri. 10am – 4pm
Sat. – Sun. Noon – 4pm
Complex has museum in 1848 warehouse on the I&M Canal, barn, blacksmith shop, and school. Native American artifacts.
Mendota Museum & Historical Society
Ottawa Scouting Museum
Starved Rock Pet Resort
Dedicated to a healthy, safe, and relaxing boarding experience for your pet. Visit Starved Rock Pet Resort. (815) 673-2069
Stock Car Racing
Route 66 Raceway
Shop ’til you drop in all the quaint shops throughout the area.
Bennett Garden Center
Common Grounds Book Café
Starved Rock Harley Davidson
Antiques Country At Heart Antiques & Collectibles
Peru Antique Mall
Rural America Crafts & Antiques
Arts/Crafts Apple Tree Acres Alpacas
Stain Glass Inn
Clothing/Accessories Bridal Elegance
Tri City Frock Shoppe
Western Factory Outlet Inc.
Fine & Unique Art The Carver & The Artist
120 Mill Street, Utica
Quality Native American jewelry, pottery, kachinas, storytellers, cards, tapes, and CD’s, flutes, blankets and wall hangings.
Village Oak Haus
Cattails Gift Shoppe
Clark St. Studio and Village Pottery
The Class Room
Hartes Gifts/ Pellino’s Mainstreet Outlet
The King & I
Mix’s Trading Post
Starved Rock Lodge Gift Shop
My Favorite Things
The Vine Christian Store
State Parks/Visitor Centers
A quick stop at our Visitor’s Centers will help you plan your exploration of this area’s incredible state parks. Enjoy breathtaking scenery, hidden waterfalls and woodland trails.
Buffalo Rock State Park
Illinios State Park
|Illinois Waterway Visitor’s Center
Tour the facility, learn about the operation of the Lock and Dam and see it in action. During cold winter months – view the majestic bald eagle! Hours: 9am – 8pm daily
Tours: Sat. & Sun. 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00pm (Memorial Day – Labor Day)
Dee Bennett Road at Starved Rock Lock and Dam
Matthiessen State Park
Starved Rock State Park