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Illinois Family Resort Where Nature Meets Waterpark

Family Resort at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort
Get away from the bright city lights to the natural beauty and serenity of the Starved Rock Area of Illinois at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort. A blend of Northwood's rustic décor and playful ambiance, our lodge is an inviting place where families and friends enjoy a relaxing vacation filled with fun, adventure and good times.
Nestled minutes from Starved Rock, our spectacular resort offers everything that you need for the perfect family getaway. With Casual dining, indoor waterpark, exciting activities and entertainment, the fun happens naturally at Grizzly Jack's.
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Fun Family Dining at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort

Fun Family Dining

Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort offers a vibrant dining scene, with Jack's Place Restaurant & Sports Bar, serving classic American cuisine and refreshing drinks. Grab a coffee and decadent sweets at the Honey Pot Sweet Shop, or float over for a snack at the Wave Café in our waterpark.

Grand Bear Falls Indoor Waterpark

Make a big splash at Grand Bear Falls, our indoor waterpark on the first floor of our Lodge. With water slides, a lazy river, a wave pool, a tot pool, and bubbly 15-person hot tub, everyone can play and relax! Kids love to take part in the Duck Derby Race (happening every Saturday & Sunday morning at 8:45am!).
  • Calm Water is from 9am- 4pm on Fridays & 9am- 3pm on Mondays during our off season time period.
  • "Calm Water" means there will be no moving water on any of our features such as the Lazy River, Wave pool, Water Slides, Play Tower and the Family Slide.
  • There are no guards on duty during "calm water" and guests may swim at their own risk.
  • All minors must be accompanied by an adult AT ALL TIMES.
  • Children under the age of 16 are not permitted in the Hot Tub at any time.
  • There is no outside food or beverage or coolers permitted in the Waterpark at any time.
  • Please follow the Waterpark Rules for the Safety and Enjoyment of all guests.

Cave Arcade

Deep inside the Lodge, next to Grand Bear Falls, is our Cave Arcade, with over 60 exciting arcade games to play. Kids discover an oasis of fun and action inside the bear-sized cave with high-tech and highly interactive video games. Bring your winning tickets to the prize shop and redeem them for hundreds of awesome prizes and toys.

Bear Island

Let's face it, everyone gets cabin fever! Get wild in nature at Bear Island, a four-tiered observation deck that overlooks Curtis Canyon - a breathtaking 80 foot seasonal waterfall that gives you a real appreciation for nature's artwork. Bear Island is open year round for hiking and viewing the beauty of the landscape.

Castle in the Woods Playground

When you need more play time, there's an awesome playground for kids next to Bear Island. Open daily until dusk, the Castle in the Woods playground is the fun spot for your little bear cubs to run, play, swing, slide and smile.

Moose Crossing Convenience Store

Forget something? No worries! The Moose Crossing is Grand Bear Resorts' convenience store at the lodge. Toiletries, souvenirs, t-shirts, goggles, swim diapers, snacks, grocery goods, wine and beer available 24 hours a day.

Additional Amenities

  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Arcade
  • ATM Banking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast Buffet Available
  • Complimentary Wireless Internet
  • Indoor Waterpark
  • Air Conditioning
  • Gift Shops & Markets
  • Restaurants, Cafes & Snack Bars
  • Poolside Bar
  • Swimming Pools - Indoor & Children's
  • Parking
  • Handicap Access
  • Television in Lobby
  • Hot Tub


  • Indoor Waterpark
  • Family-Friendly Activities
  • Miniature Golf
  • Interactive Arcade

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The Enchanted Forest Indoor Amusement Park is no longer an operating establishment and is no longer an entity of Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort. 

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