photo: Illinois Office of Tourism

Starved Rock Lodge, Starved Rock Foundation, Starved Rock Walkers Club and Starved Rock Clean Up Crew, in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, have formed a collaboration and fundraising campaign "For the Love of Starved Rock" to help generate interest and monetary donations to improve park trails and preserve the natural resources for future generations.

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Our Hope

Through the For the Love of Starved Rock fundraising efforts, our primary goal is to make necessary repairs to the trail system. By securing donations for infrastructure improvements and providing education to our visitors on the proper use of our natural resources, we will ensure that Starved Rock State Park will be accessible and enjoyed by millions of visitors in the years to come.

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Our Primary Goal

Our primary goal is to preserve Starved Rock State Park for generations to come. The overall fundraising goal is to raise $500,000 to be used to rebuild and replace pathways and trails in the park. Our first project is to build an ADA-accessible trail that connects from our overflow parking lot to an overlook deck over French Canyon. The second project is to build a boardwalk for LaSalle Canyon and the third project is rebuilding the bridge into Tonti Canyon.

Our Plan:

We have established a fundraising campaign to team up, help out and enjoy Starved Rock State Park. The campaign will kick off on April 5, 2020 with a fundraising dinner at Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center. Monetary donations will be managed by the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation located in Ottawa.

Silent and Live Auction items will be managed by Starved Rock Lodge. Please contact Kathy Casstevens () or Amy Trimble of the Lodge for information.

The Dinner:

Please join us on Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 4pm for our For the Love of Starved Rock fundraising dinner. Tickets are $50 per person and include 3 tasting tickets, appetizers, a plated dinner and dessert. A cash bar, live and silent auctions, 50/50 raffle tickets as well as entertainment will be available throughout the evening. Table sponsorships (8 people) are also available for purchase.

Purchase April 5 Dinner Tickets here

If you would like to be included in our fundraising campaign, please contact Kathy Casstevens at (815) 220-7363 or .


About Us

Advisory Committee

  • Kerry Novak, Starved Rock State Park Superintendent, retired
  • Amy Trimble, President/CEO Starved Rock Lodge
  • Lisa Sons, Natural Resources Coordinator Starved Rock State Park
  • Pam Grivetti, President Starved Rock Foundation
  • Cheryl Barto, Vice President Starved Rock Foundation
  • Linda Moore, Starved Rock State Park
  • Kathy Casstevens, Marketing Director Starved Rock Lodge
  • Mark Walczynski, Historian Starved Rock Foundation /Docent
  • Nolan Hallock, Starved Rock Clean Up Crew
  • Starved Rock Walkers Club
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources
  • Illinois Conservation Police