Did you know you can see magnificent eagles in their natural habitat just minutes from our resort? Eagle watching in Starved Rock State Park is an annual tradition that should not be missed! Every winter, thousands of eagles make their way to La Salle County with a stop in Starved Rock State Park. The sight of a bald eagle soaring through the air will take your breath away.
The bald eagles start to move into the area every winter to hunt for fish in the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. They prefer the cold waters but start to move south when lakes and rivers freeze over. In January and February, the park offers Eagle Watching Trolley Tours. This is a fun way to see these beautiful birds up close. Along the way, wildlife experts share their knowledge and offer viewing tips. Depending on the wind patterns, the eagle sightings can vary from week to week. Check in on the Starved Rock State Park website for up to date information. They also host a number of eagle-related events from tours to live prey demonstrations.
Although the migration doesn't begin until late December, hotel rooms can fill up fast for this remarkable annual event. The season runs through March, but if you want to catch the eagles up close, make sure to reserve your room in advance. Our relaxing family lodge offers a variety of accommodations from family suites to luxury cabins. Along with eagle watching, winter is a fun time to go ice fishing, snowmobiling, and hiking.