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Nestled along historic waterways and dotted with picturesque state parks, you’ll find scenic LaSalle County. For the better part of a century, this stretch of central Illinois has been a destination for travelers wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, an oasis of unexpected natural wonders nestled in the Prairie State. In the age of daytrips, weekday excursions and short overnight getaways, there’s truly never been a better time to visit LaSalle County. Along with legendary natural attractions like Starved Rock State Park, you’ll find lively small towns lined with exciting eateries and boutique shopping opportunities. Whether you’re looking to tour museums and mansions, or sample locally made wine and craft beer, there’s an adventure awaiting you in these quaint riverfront communities.

You’ll find this beautiful stretch of North Central Illinois along I-80 and I-39, conveniently located less than an hour and a half from Chicago, Rockford, The Quad Cities, Bloomington and Peoria. To make your upcoming trip to LaSalle County even easier, we’ve filled this guide with memorable road trip ideas, one day excursions and tips for planning your LaSalle County Vacation. Whether you’re looking to visit our iconic State Parks, explore beautifully preserved historic sites or plan the perfect family-friendly vacation, this guide has you covered! For even more trip ideas, head to our website at www.enjoylasallecounty.com Enjoy your stay,

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2020-21 OFFICIAL LASALLE COUNTY VISITOR GUIDE For tourism information or additional copies, visit enjoylasallecounty.com. PUBLISHED BY:

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Welcome to LaSalle County Starved Rock State Park

12 Matthiessen State Park 14 Buffalo Rock State Park 16 Illini State Park 18 More to Explore 19 Hiking Tips 22 Things to do 25 In Bloom 26 Hiking Adventures

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28 Maps 30 Where to Explore 34 Places to Dine 36 Brew, Wine & Spirits 38 Living History 40 Marvelous Museums 44 Places to Shop 46 Places to Stay 51 Calendar of Events 54 Tourism Information

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tarved Rock State Park is a world apart from anything else in Illinois. Since the late 1800’s visitors have been trekking to this beautiful, and unexpected, stretch of nature to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Flash forward to more than a century later and this still holds true. From the moment you first wind your

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car through the towering trees at the edge of the park, you will feel as if you are a world away from the Illinois you know. At Starved Rock, more than 13 miles of trails wind along, and above, the Illinois River. While you explore these environs, you’ll find countless breathtaking views, places to fish, boat, and simply relax in nature’s splendor. From the towering sandstone canyons to amazing seasonal waterfalls, there’s an awe inspiring view around every corner. Whatever the season you choose to explore, a trip to Starved Rock will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. Consistently voted the #1 Attraction in The State of Illinois, Starved Rock

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Check list features 18 unique canyons, 14 of which produce stunning seasonal waterfalls. Guests can explore a vast network of more than 13 miles of trails, where they can soak in awe inspiring vistas and encounter remarkable plants and animals. The fun at Starved Rock doesn’t stop there, the park’s historic lodge and informative visitors center offer special programs like guided hikes, trolley tours, presentations from wildlife experts, live concerts, dining and much more! You can borrow binoculars, dog bowls, and dog leashes for FREE at the front desk of the Visitors Center.

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STOP 1: The Starved Rock Visitors Center The Starved Rock Visitor Center is the perfect place to start your State Park adventure! Here, you’ll find interactive educational displays, free videos on the park’s history, hiking maps and a bookstore! While you’re there, be sure to check out Trailhead Concessions and Gifts for a great selection of hiking provisions. STOP 2: Starved Rock From the Visitors Center, take a short 0.3-mile hike towards the park’s namesake, Starved Rock. The summit is home to one of

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the best views in the entire park, where you can marvel at the Illinois River, or watch birds plunge for fish near the base of the Illinois Waterways Lock and Dam. STOP 3: St. Louis Canyon Just a few minutes to the west of the Visitors Center, off IL-178, you’ll find the parking lot for St. Louis Canyon. At the end of this 0.4-mile hike you’ll be treated to a beautiful box canyon, complete with a tall waterfall and hidden alcove that runs behind it. Even when falls aren’t in season, the canyon’s towering walls of intricate sandstone make for quite the sight. STOP 4: French Canyon One of the easiest hikes in the park(s), just so happens to lead to one of the most beautiful canyons! Located just 0.4-miles southeast of the Visitors Center, French Canyon offers a towering 45-foot tall waterfall during the rainy season, and beautifully eroded Saint Peters sandstone all year round. After a rainfall, admire the colorful streaks left on the canyon walls by the mineral-rich water.

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Most of Starved Rock’s beautiful sandstone canyons produce waterfalls after periods of heavy rainfall, but St. Louis, LaSalle, French, Wildcat, Ottawa, and Kaskaskia Canyons are considered to be among the best. St. Louis canyon boasts the only spring-fed waterfall in the park, resulting in much longer waterfalls, while LaSalle canyon (despite being much shorter than the other waterfalls) is the only one in the park you can walk behind while the waterfall is in action! The French canyon waterfall is conveniently located just a short 0.4 mile hike form the Visitor Center, while Wildcat is hands down the largest in the park, a gargantuan waterfall exceeding 70 feet in height.

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EAGLE WATCHING Every winter, a small stretch of the Illinois River, between Starved Rock State Park and the Illinois Waterways Visitors Center, becomes a temporary condominium for a convocation of eagles! These majestic creatures, with wingspans upward of eight feet in length, pay Starved Rock a visit every year when more northern state’s rivers and lakes begin to freeze. The Illinois Audubon Society’s Plum Island Sanctuary, located at the base of the Starved Rock Lock, is commonly used by these eagles as a wintering site. The island’s seclusion, sturdy trees and proximity to a non-iced over section of the river, makes Plum island particularly desirable real estate for these feathered fliers.

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French Can yon During their wintering season, which lasts anywhere between December and March, you’ll often spot these eagles circling above broken ice, trying to find their next meal, or roosting among the island’s tallest trees. To see these eagles for yourself, head to the Lover’s Leap Overlook, the peak of Starved Rock or the aptly named Eagle Cliff Overlook. Be sure to bring a pair of binoculars or a camera with a large tele-photo lens. If you left your binoculars at home, don’t fret, Starved Rock Visitors Center also loans out complementary pairs at the front desk.

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STOP 5: LaSalle Canyon Located about a mile from the Parkman’s Plain parking lot located just off of Rt. 71, LaSalle Canyon boasts a wide picturesque canyon and a jutting sandstone shelf, suspended 20 feet off the ground. Best of all, your hike to canyon will wind you along the Illinois river, providing you with a great view of the river and chance to see some rare birds and foliage. STOP 6: Water Cruise or Trolley Tour If you’re looking to get out of the canyons and take a break from hiking, or if you have a party member looking for a less active excursion, you can reserve a spot aboard Starved Rock’s Eagle One Water Cruise (running Jun. – Oct.) or take a Trolley Tour (running year-round). These narrated tours merge history and sighting seeing for truly one-of-kind view of Starved Rock. STOP 7: The Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center After a full day of hiking and sightseeing, cap your trip off with a stay at the Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center. This historic hotel nestled in nature, features a cliffside panorama of the Illinois river, an indoor pool complex, on-site restaurants and a beautiful rustic lounge. You can choose from historic lodge accommodations, spacious hotel rooms or charming log cabins.

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OVERLOOKS Starved Rock’s Canyons and Overlooks provide wonderful views of towering sandstone cliffs, lush vegetation and the mighty Illinois River. Photo-worthy sites like Council Bluffs Overhang, a massive sandstone alcove once used by Indigenous tribes for ceremonies, and the titular Starved Rock, once home to the French explorer’s Fort Saint Louis des Illinois, now offers inspiring panoramic views of the river valley below.

ICE FALLS There are more than a dozen waterfalls at Starved Rock State Park, many of which transform into beautiful, natural ice sculptures as winter tightens its grip on LaSalle County. According to the Starved Rock staff, some of the more notable (and stunning) ice waterfalls can be found in St. Louis, French, Wildcat, Ottawa and Kaskaskia canyons.

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DOGS Many blogs cite Starved Rock as one of the top destinations for hiking with your dog in the Midwest. The River Trail, that’s conveniently located off the recently restored Parkman’s Plain lot, is one of the more popular canine hikes. The dog-friendly outdoor Veranda at the Lodge even offers a special “doggy menu”. Dogs must be leashed inside the park.

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Matthiessen Park State

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ust to the South-West of Starved Rock State Park, you’ll find Matthiessen State Park. This picturesque stretch of nature takes you from wild flower lined prairie trails to the depths of Ice Age era dells, complete with rushing waterfalls and mossy canyon walls. Matthiessen feels untouched by time, it’s mile-long canyons carved out by centuries of erosion,

exposing some fascinating otherworldly geology. Founded in the tail end of the 19th century by La Salle zinc tycoon Frederick William Matthiessen as a private retreat, it was originally known as Deer Park, earning this name thanks in no small part to its enormous deer population. Even after it’s name change, Matthiessen still remains one of your best chances at spotting some wildlife in LaSalle County. Matthiessen’s trail system includes options for both novice and experienced hikers, allowing all park patrons to enjoy views of the grand Cascade Falls and the jaw dropping Giants Bathtub. The trails above the bluffs are graded, relaxed enough for any novice hiker

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Waterfalls or family. You’ll likely see more than just fellow hikers on these trails. Matthiessen also features some of the best horseback riding paths in the Starved Rock area. While the two trails that snake through the dells are a bit of a challenge, they also afford adventurous hikers an unmatched view of some geological marvels. Home to no less than seven falls, including a large 45-foot drop that separates the upper and lower dells, Matthiessen’s water features are active, dependent on how much rain the area has seen. This

makes spring an ideal time to explore the park! Beyond a few sets of stairs to enter the dells and a handful of trails surrounding the brim of the canyon, much of your park exploring will be done by hopping across stepping stones, splashing through shallow creeks, and shuffling along narrow sandstone-lined pathways. With its narrow sandstone canyons and dense tree canopy, Matthiessen feels in many ways like the perfect counterpoint to Starved Rock’s winding trails and steep bluff vistas.

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Buffalo Rock Park State

tribe, used as a camp for a religious sect, and even a tuberculosis sanatorium during the 1910’s. These days, it’s a hidden gem state park that brings together the disparate worlds of fine art and conservation.

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ocated on the North banks of the Illinois River, Buffalo Rock State Park combines rustic prairie hiking with some of the best cliffside views in LaSalle County. Throughout this park’s storied past, it has been the home of an Indiginous American

The State Park is located approximately 3 miles west of Ottawa, Illinois, and has long been a favorite picnic area, as well as an ideal terrain for the beginner hikers. Buffalo Rock features two trails that offer wildly different park experiences: The River Bluff Trail snakes you along the Illinois River (featuring plenty of great bird watching opportunities), while the Woodland Trail gives you an up-close look at trees,

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wildlife, and the “Effigy Tumuli’’ mounds (made by visionary “earthworks” artist Michael Heizer) that resemble five enormous animals, a snake, frog, turtle, catfish and water strider. These eathworks, which can really only be seen from aerial photography today, were inspired by Indiginious American burial grounds, several of which can be found in the Illinois River region.

home to two live American Bison, Cocoa and Pebbles. The pair can be seen in their grazing pen, located across from the park’s baseball diamond. An early (8 a.m.) arrival rewards guests with an opportunity to see the Buffalo get fed and, occasionally, morning fog on the Illinois River.

From two riverfront observation decks, you’ll be treated to a unique southward facing view of the Illinois River, providing a beautiful vista you can’t see at any of the other parks in the region. Buffalo Rock is also

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estled along the Illinois River in Marseilles, Illini State Park is a serene hidden gem offering guests the perfect place to hold a picnic or family gathering. This 510-acre park boasts not only incredible views of the river, but also 100+ picturesque campsites, a boat ramp for easy river access and ample places for anglers to fish for crappie, bass, bluegill and catfish.

Be sure to pay Illini a visit in Winter, when the park’s ice skating pool has frozen over, and the large sledding hill is covered in snow. During this season, you can also crosscountry ski on the park’s flat graded trails, then warm-up in their cozy shelter. During the Fall, the park’s a birder’s paradise, attracting scores of migrating songbirds

like Vireos, Warblers and Thrushes. You’ll also find The Illinois Fallen Soldiers Tree Memorial, a unique living monument celebrating the lives of the soldiers lost in Iraq and Afghanistan. This site features over 250 Oak Trees spread across a 2.5 acre plot of land, each celebrating a soldier.

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eyond the borders of Starved Rock State Park, there’s even more exciting nature to explore in LaSalle County! Here are 14 other outdoor destinations you should be sure to visit on your next trip.

ALLEN PARK

400 COURTNEY STREET OTTAWA A sprawling riverfront park, located on Ottawa’s Rt. 71 that offers boat launches, docks, a riverwalk, tennis courts, playgrounds, picnic tables, toboggan run and an amphitheater.

BAKER LAKE

2700 AIRPORT ROAD • PERU Baker Lake Park offers fishing, picnicking, playground, shelters, restrooms, soccer field and a 1-mile paved walking path.

CATLIN PARK

2560 EAST 1251ST ROAD OTTAWA This 333-acre park offers fourteen distinct trails that run past streams, ponds and Catlin’s lush river valley vegetation. If you’re a fan of horseback riding, Catlin has some of the best trails in the area for riding. Open May through November.

DAYTON BLUFFS

2997 ROUTE 71 • OTTAWA

Foundation and managed by the City of Ottawa, this 253-acre preserve is one of LaSalle County’s newest parks. Winding along the bluffs of the Fox River for nearly a mile, this park features bubbling creeks, a beautiful riparian system, expansive prairie, natural woodlands and a pioneer cemetery.

HOPALONG CASSIDY TRAIL AND CANOE LAUNCH WEST MAIN STREET ROUTE 18 STREATOR

This 0.5 mile trail parallels the flowing waters of the Vermilion River. Visitors can follow the trail through a forest of mulberry, hackberry, oak and maples. Blue jays, chickadees, and woodpeckers are frequent sights for birders, while butterflies and dragonflies are commonly found along the trail’s sunnier stretches.

LAKE KAKUSHA

ROUTE 251 • MENDOTA This man-made lake, located in northern LaSalle County, is ideal for fishing and light trail walking. You’ll find ample shelters and picnic areas.

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Hiking Tips MCPHEDRAN PARK

DON’T LITTER Do your part to keep the parks looking nice! There are ample waste receptacles scattered throughout the parks, be sure to keep any waste you generate on the trail inside your bag until you find one.

This pet-friendly park features a fishing pond and pier. You’ll also find a 1/3 mile long walking track, complete with 6 work out stations. For the kids, there’s a playground with baby swings, regular swings and a pirate-themed jungle gym.

STAY ON THE TRAILS Venturing off trails at any of Illinois’ State Parks is strictly forbidden, and for good reason. There are countless sharp drop offs, ravines, and dangerous plants off the trails. Admire the beautiful sights from only the clearly marked trails.

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This small park is something of a geological oddity, with its unique rock formations showing evidence of glacial gouging and boulder deposits from as far north as Canada. You’ll also find a winding creek, tall bluff outcroppings and some rare vegetation. For nonrockhounds, it’s also a popular hunting destination during deer season.

RIVER WALK AND FOX RIVER PARK

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DRESS RIGHT Wear well fitted shoes, preferably hiking boots with good traction. Dress appropriately for the weather, always anticipate it being cooler inside the canyons at Starved Rock and the dells at Matthiessen. BRING PROVISIONS Hiking can be exhausting, and many hikers underestimate how much water they’ll drink out on the trails. Plan ahead and bring extra water and trail snacks for you and your fellow hikers. BRING A PHONE These parks are large, and you can go long distances without seeing another hiker while out on the trails. Be sure to bring a cell phone so you can call for help in case of an emergency. BRING A LEASH Pets are always welcomed at LaSalle County’s state parks, but they must be kept on a leash, for their own safety.

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SHABBONA COUNTY PARK

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This park, located in rural Earlville, features picnic areas, open fields, rentable shelters and fishing ponds and the beautiful Indian Creek. While you’re there, be sure to learn about the tragic history of this tranquil park at the historical marker located near the entrance.

SNYDER GROVE PARK EAST 4TH ROAD MENDOTA golf course, playground, boat launch and an excellent fishing area.

SANDY FORD NATURE AREA

1399 NORTH 18TH ROAD STREATOR The 200-acre Sandy Ford Preserve, located just off of the Vermilion River, features two creeks, a floodplain forest, dry bluffland forest, hill, prairies, sandstone cliffs and a selection of plants more commonly found in Wisconsin or Canada.

Located in Mendota, this 104acre nature preserve features shelters, restrooms, picnic area and a playground. You’ll also find a small network of hiking trails.

SPRING LAKE NATURE AREA

1413 EAST 16TH ROAD STREATOR Located 1.8 miles northwest of Streator, this 37+ acre park contains two creeks, a sandstone waterfall, an expansive large trail system, as well as some rare flora and fauna!

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aSalle County is more than just a destination, it’s a lifestyle. Get off the couch and book an excursion to one of these unforgettable outdoor adventures. From free fun like geocaching and biking the historic I&M Canal, to Instagramworthy destinations like Skydive Chicago and Donnie’s Appleseed Orchard, there’s an adventure for everyone in LaSalle County.

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AYERS LANDING & CANOE RENTALS 815-434-2233 • WEDRON ayerslandingcanoerental.com

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GEOCACHING ILLINOIS RIVER ROAD NATIONAL SCENIC BYWAY 309-547-2730 OTTAWA TO HAVANA illinoisriverroad.org OTTAWA HISTORICAL AND SCOUTING HERITAGE MUSEUM 815-431-9353 • OTTAWA

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OFF-ROADING LOCATIONS THE CLIFFS INSANE TERRAIN 815-795-5200 • MARSEILLES thecliffsinsaneterrain.com

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INDOOR WATERPARK GRIZZLY JACK’S GRAND BEAR RESORT 866-399-3866 • UTICA grizzlyjacksresort.com FOX RIVER RESORT’S PIRATE’S CAY 815-496-3292 • SHERIDAN piratescay.com

MARINAS ANCHOR IN MARINA 815-357-6666 • SENECA anchorinmarina.com HERITAGE HARBOR MARINA 815-433-5000 • OTTAWA heritageharborottawa.com HIDDENCOVE MARINA 815-357-6869 • SENECA thehiddencovemarina.com MARINERS MARINA 708-528-5880 • SENECA marinersvillage&marina.com SOUTH SHORE BOAT CLUB 815-223-9890 • PERU southshoreboatclub.com SNUG HARBOR MARINA 815-795-9080 • MARSEILLES SPRING BROOK MARINA 815-357-8666 • SENECA springbrookmarina.com

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DIRT RUNNER 630-291-0250 • MARSEILLES dirtrunner.us FOX VALLEY OFF ROAD 815-431-9913 • OTTAWA foxvalleyoffroad.com

PETTING ZOO & WAGON RIDES PAULY’S PETTING ZOO 815-481-3337 • CEDAR POINT ccrstables.com

RACING LASALLE SPEEDWAY 815-223-6900 • LASALLE lasallespeedway.com

SKYDIVING SKYDIVE CHICAGO 815-433-0000 • OTTAWA skydivechicago.com

SPLASH PAD FOX RIVER PARK SPLASH PAD OTTAWA • cityofottawa.org SPLASH FIELD AT WASHINGTON PARK PERU • peru.il.us

TUBING FOX HOLLOW TUBING CO. 815-867-8823 • SHERIDAN foxhollowtubing.com

WHITEWATER RAFTING VERMILLION RIVER RAFTING 815-667-5242 • OGLESBY vermillionriverrafting.com

YOGA/SPA SALT TREE YOGA 815-343-2751 • OTTAWA salttreeyoga.com

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proved to be an extremely popular socially distanced activity in 2020, drawing hundreds of travelers looking for a unique photo-op. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources requires anyone planning a professional photography session to apply for a filming and activity permit through the park office, at least two weeks in advance for approval. “I was so excited when we saw signs for the sunflower field,” said Adair, of Peoria. “We jumped out of the car and ran over and took so many pictures. It was gorgeous.” Be sure to follow Enjoy LaSalle County on Facebook and Instagram to hear when the Matthiessen State Park sunflowers bloom. Share any photos you take there for a chance to be featured on our feed!

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he Prairie State Hike App puts dozens of the best guided hikes in Illinois conveniently on your favorite tablet or smartphone device. Now, that list includes top treks inside Starved Rock State Park! Join us as we take a tour of this app, and learn how you can tour some of Starved Rock’s top attractions on the trails, or from the comfort of your own couch! The Prairie State Hike App, created by the Prairie State Conservation Coalition, was developed to create more public awareness of the wonderful natural resources spread across the state. The app provides you with guided tours from the convenience of your mobile devices. Best of all, it can even be GPS-enabled if you want to use it on the trails! The Hike App leads you through an interpretive hike in a natural area of your choosing, often peppered with videos and informational audio clips. YOU’LL FIND 7 FEATURED ATTRACTIONS THROUGHOUT STARVED ROCK COUNTRY: • Starved Rock Lodge • Starved Rock: St. Louis Canyon • Starved Rock: Wildcat Canyon and Illinois River • Starved Rock: LaSalle, Tonti and Hennepin Canyon • Starved Rock: Council Overhang, Ottawa Canyon and Illinois Canyon • Dayton Bluffs Preserve (North Trail) • Canoe the Lower Fox River

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Once selected, you’ll want to scroll down to the bottom of the listing and download the hike. Each listing will show it’s file size, contingent upon how much audio and photo listings are found in the tour.

HERE’S HOW TO GET THE APP AND START YOUR TOUR:

Now you’re on the way to enjoying your virtual hike! If you’re wanting to use it in-person, you’ll find directions on where to park and the best place to begin your tour. Each tour includes a map that displays your GPS location, and thorough directions to take you towards the next point of interest. You can use the ‘Previous Stop’ and ‘Next Stop’ to cycle through the points of interest. These tours provide more than just interpretive text, on several trails you’ll be treated to guided audio clips that give you park history, geological info and directions to your next site. Occasionally, you’ll also find video clips that show you seasonal park sites, like the arrival of bald eagles and the thrill of ice climbing. The Prairie State Conservation Coalition says more trails are coming soon, so stay tuned for future updates!

STEP 1: Head to the app store on your iPhone or Android device and search ‘Prairie State Hike App’. The app itself cost 99 cents, but provides hours upon hours of enjoyment in some of the state’s best natural treasures. STEP 2: You’ll want to select the Northeast Illinois region, where you’ll find the seven guided tours in Starved Rock Country. STEP 3: Select your desired guided hike, sorted by distance, grade, estimated hike time and points of interest.

For more information on the The Prairie State Hike App, head to: www.prairiestateconservation.org/pscc/hikeapp/

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EARLVILLE 1. Earlville Historical Society Museum 2. RT 34 Drive-In Theater 3. Shabbona County Park LASALLE 4. Hegeler Carus Mansion IL & MICHIGAN CANAL STATE TRAIL 5. Lock 16 Visitors Center/Lock14/ I&M Canal Boat

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MENDOTA 8. Breaking the Prairie Museum 9. Hume-Carnegie Museum & Veterans Park 10. Lake Kakusha

6. Mitchell Grove Nature Preserve MARSEILLES ILLINI STATE PARK 7. Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial & Museum

11. Snyder Grove Park 12. Union Depot Railroad Museum OGLESBY 13. Memorial Park MATTHIESSEN STATE PARK 14. McPhedran Park STARVED ROCK STATE PARK & VISITOR CENTER OTTAWA BUFFALO ROCK STATE PARK

15. Catlin Park 16. Dayton Bluffs 17. I & M Tollhouse and Replica Canal Boat 18. IL Waterway Visitors Center 19. LaSalle County Genealogy Guild 20. Ottawa Visitors Center 20. Reddick Mansion 20. Washington Square Park and Murals 21. Riverwalk & Fox River Park

22. Skydive Chicago PERU 23. Baker Lake Park 24. Westclox Museum SENECA 25. IL LST (Landing Ship Tank) Memorial 26. MJ Hogan Grain Elevator 27. Seneca Area History Museum SHERIDAN 28. Norsk Museum

STREATOR 29. Hopalong Cassidy River Trail & Canoe Launch 30. Sandy Ford Conservation Area 31. Spring Lake Nature Area 32. Streator City Park 33. Streatorland Historical Museum 34. Weber House & Garden 35. WWII Canteen Monument TROY GROVE 36. Wild Bill Hickok State Memorial

TAKE A SCENIC ROUTE. ON HOLIDAY WEEKENDS, IT IS BEST TO TAKE AN ALTERNATE EXIT, SINCE RT 178 AT EXIT 81 TENDS TO BE BACKED UP. SCENIC DRIVES: Part of the Illinois River Road Scenic Byway and Canyon Drive with connecting roads. To extend your drive to Illini State Park and other LaSalle County locations along the river.

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UTICA 37. Father Marquette Memorial 38. Heritage Corridor CVB Visitors Center 39. LaSalle County Historical Society Museum Campus WEDRON 40. Charles Lindbergh Crash Site Marker


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aSalle County is a foodie’s dream come true, and an exceptional dining destination! From friendly neighborhood pubs serving legendary burgers to upscale eateries providing delicious scratch-made meals, there’s something for every palate. Enjoy fresh sushi rolled by a skilled chef, piping hot wood fired pizza or a fresh take on American classics made with locally sourced ingredients. LaSalle County’s delicious eateries aren’t just serving up memorable meals, they’re also providing town hospitality and service you won’t find anywhere else

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HEGELER CARUS MANSION

1307 7th Street • LaSalle 815-224-6543 • www.hegelercarus.org Designed by W. W. Boyington, the famed Chicago Water Tower architect, LaSalle’s Hegeler Carus Mansion has remained virtually unaltered since it’s completion in 1876. This 16,000sq. foot mansion features 56 rooms spread across 7 levels. The interior is just as inspiring as the exterior, with its intricate parquet floors and hand-painted ceilings. This National Landmark is open for tours, year-round. To see available tours visit their website or call 815-224-6543.

REDDICK MANSION

100 W. Lafayette Street • Ottawa 815-433-6100 • www.reddickmansion.org The Reddick Mansion, a wonderfully unique landmark, stands at the corners of Columbus and Lafayette streets in Ottawa, overlooking the Lincoln Douglas Debate Site. This 150+ year old, 22-room, Italianate mansion has been meticulously restored to the 19th century, after decades of being used as the town’s public library. Now, the mansion is opened year-round for tours, Fri. – Mon.

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WEBER HOUSE AND GARDEN

1503 Baker Street • STREATOR 815-672-8327 weberhouseandgarden.com

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Streator’s Ted Weber, formerly a nationally syndicated radio interviewer, began renovating his historic childhood home in 1983. The house now sports beautifully decorated rooms, each one reflecting a different period of design, and a meticulously manicured English-style garden. This unique blend of architecture, horticulture, interior design and broadcast history is open for tours, April – October.

The beautiful and historic Reddick Mansion anchors Ottawa’s Washington Square, the site of the first Lincoln-Douglas debate. This ornate 22-room mansion is open for tours Friday through Monday. Call for times and details. 100 W. Lafayette Street | Ottawa 815-433-6100 | ReddickMansion.org

Come learn what made Westclox the largest manufacturer of keywound clocks in the world for nearly a century! Learn stories of the people who worked here, browse displays of numerous products, learn what caused the final demise of the plant that once employed more than 4,000 people. Free Admission | Donation Based 350 5th Street, Suite 265 | Peru, IL 61354 815.250.0617 | westcloxmuseum.com Open 9am - 3pm MWF 10am - 2pm Saturday

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teeped in fascinating history, from enormous Native American trading camps on the banks of the Illinois to French explorers establishing a fort at Starved Rock and the very first LincolnDouglas debate, LaSalle County has been home to historic events that not only shaped Illinois, but the entire world. LaSalle County’s amazing museums archive this rich history and share it with the public, in a way that’s just as fun as it is informative! EARLVILLE COMMUNITY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM 136 S. Ottawa Street • Earlville 815-246-7076 www.earlvillehistory.org Housed inside a historic 1890’s hardware store, Earlville’s free community museum shares the history of this Northern LaSalle County town through a fascinating collection of artifacts. LOCK 16 VISITOR CENTER 754 First Street • LaSalle 815-220-1848 www.iandmcanal.org The Lock 16 Visitor Center offers more than just a delicious café and great gift shop, it also houses a massive

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wrap-around interpretive mural that tells the storied history of the I&M canal. I&M CANAL BOAT 754 First Street • LaSalle 815-220-1848 www.iandmcanal.org Hop aboard a replica 19thcentury mule-towed canal boat and take a leisurely ride along a mile and half of restored canal, learning the importance I&M played in the development of Illinois. HUME-CARNEGIE MUSEUM 901 Washington St. • Mendota 815-539-3373 www.mendotamuseums.org Witness a collection of over 500 photos depicting 100

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The Westclox Muse um MJ Hog an Grain E lev ator fascinating years of Mendota history. You’ll also find an extensive collection of Wild Bill Hickok memorabilia.

BREAKING THE PRAIRIE FARM MUSEUM 684 8th Street • Mendota 815-539-3373 mendotamuseums.org

UNION DEPOT RAILROAD MUSEUM 783 Main Street • Mendota 815-538-3800 www.mendotamuseums.org

This unique agricultural museum is open for viewing 24/7, through a series of glass windows that allow you to take a look at the historic farm implements that “broke the prairie”. Interior tours can be arranged by calling the number listed above.

Explore everything railroad related at Mendota’s own Union Depot museum. See miniature railroads depicting locomotive history and walk inside a real vintage train car.

NORSK MUSEUM 3656 E. 2631st St. • Sheridan 815-343-5070 norskmuseum.org This delightful museum is dedicated to Scandinavian culture, and is filled with

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artifacts from the Norwegian immigrants that settled the region back in the 1800’s. STARVED ROCK STATE PARK VISITORS CENTER 2678 E. 873rd Road Oglesby 815-667-4726 dnr.illinois.gov Starved Rock’s cutting edge visitors center helps guests learn about the park’s storied past, fascinating wildlife and ecology through the use of interactive displays and interpretive dioramas. M.J. HOGAN GRAIN ELEVATOR 124 West Williams • Seneca 815-357-6197 senecahistory.com This 1861 grain elevator is one of the last of its kind. This 65+ foot tall, 70,000 bushel elevator can be toured during special events, or call the number above to arrange a tour. SENECA AREA HERITAGE MUSEUM 431 N. Main Street • Seneca 815-769-5077 senecahistory.com Seneca fascinating history is explained through a wonderfully curated collection of artifacts inside a vintage train depot! The

museum even includes information on Seneca’s famed shipyard that produced 157 LSTs for WWII. I&M CANAL TOLLHOUSE 1221 Columbus St. • Ottawa 815-434-2737 pickusottawail.com The only surviving I&M tollhouse, this one room museum shows guests what the life of an 1850’s locktender was like, through a collection of artifacts, dioramas and historical documents. OTTAWA HERITAGE AND SCOUTING MUSEUM 1100 Canal Street • Ottawa 815-431-9353 Dedicated to preserving the history of the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Campfire Scouts, this museum also has displays on the Lincoln Douglas Debates, and scouts founder/Ottawa resident W. D. Boyce. ILLINOIS WATERWAY VISITOR CENTER 950 N. 27th Road • Ottawa 815-667-4054 See the operation of a real lock and dam up close, and learn about the Illinois Waterway’s significance as a part of the nation’s water highway system.

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LASALLE COUNTY GENEALOGICAL GUILD 115 West Glover Street Ottawa 815-433-5261 Search a vast archive of historical records to learn more about your ancestors’ connection to LaSalle County. WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK Ottawa pickusottawail.com Visit the historic site of the first Lincoln-Douglas debate, as honored by a large reflecting pool and beautiful bronze statues. WESTCLOX MUSEUM 350 5th Street, Suite 265 Peru 815-250-0617 westcloxmuseum.com Peru’s famed Westclox factory, makers for the beloved cultfavorite clock, are honored in this fascinating museum. Through a vast collection of documents, artifacts and antiques, the Westclox Museum tells the story of the community that made these remarkable clocks.

I&M Canal STREATORLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM 306 Vermillion Street Streator 815-672-2443 streatorlandmuseum.com Celebrate historic Streator at this riveting museum, filled with thousands of artifacts, pictures, and records dedicated to telling the story of this community. You’ll also find a real Burlington Northern caboose on the museum property. LASALLE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM 101 East Canal Street • Utica 815-667-4861 The LaSalle County Historical Society campus, located on the banks of the historic I&M Canal features five buildings and interpretive sites that, together, weave the fascinating story of LaSalle County.

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rom hip antique shops selling expertly currated collectibles to fashion forward boutiques serving up great looks at unbeatable prices, there’s a shopping destination for everyone in LaSalle County! You’ll find malls, mom and pop shops, speciality stores, salons and even art galleries in the communities around the Starved Rock region. Whatever you’re in the market for, LaSalle County is sure to have a store that sells it! CANAL CARGO MARKET 815-342-2555 • LASALLE canalcargomarket

DANCHRIS NURSERY 815-672-8135 • STREATOR danchrisnursery.com

CITY FOLK URBAN DECOR 815-386-5533 • OTTAWA cityfolkottawa.com

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Places Stotay RESORTS & LODGES GRIZZLY JACK’S GRAND BEAR RESORT & WATERPARK 866-399-3866 • UTICA grizzlyjacksresort.com STARVED ROCK LODGE & CONFERENCE CENTER 815-667-4211 • OGLESBY starvedrocklodge.com

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900 Holiday Street | Oglesby, IL 61348 815-883-3535 5240 Trompeter Road • Peru, IL, 61354 phone 815-223-8585 • fax 815-223-9292

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PRAIRIE LAKES COUNTRY CLUB & INN 815-795-5107 • MARSEILLES prairielakescc.com

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STARVED ROCK STATE PARK 815-667-4726 • OGLESBY reserveamerica.com TROLL HOLLOW CAMPGROUND 815-795-2537 • MARSEILLES trollhollow.com

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Spend the day enjoying our boutique shops and restaurants. 20 historic murals including our 3 story mural at Heritage Park.

4th of July Celebration......................... July 3-11 Streator Cruise & Show ....................... September 4 Pluto Fest............................................. September 25

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TBM Avenger Reunion & Salute to Veterans Airshow Illinois Valley Regional Airport May 14 & 15, 2021

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Calendar

of Events

MAY - SEPTEMBER

Ottawa’s 3rd Friday Artisan Market Third Friday of every month See website for dates & details 6PM TO 9 PM • Open Space Art Gallery • (815) 293-7099 osartstudios.com Canal Market Every Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM, and select event days throughout the year • 815-667-4861 lasallecountyhistoricalsociety.org Summer Sunset Concert Series Fridays • 7 PM to dusk See website for dates & details Grounds open at 5:30 PM Hegeler Carus Mansion LaSalle • 815-224-5897 hegelercarus.org

MAY - OCTOBER

Ottawa Farmers Market Saturday • 8 am to Noon Jackson Street • (815) 434-2737

MAY - NOVEMBER

Guided Hike & A Lunch Saturday & Sundays 10am-1:30pm • Starved Rock Visitors Center • 815-667-4726 starvedrock.org

JUNE - AUGUST

Jammin’ at the Clock Fridays • 6:00 - 8:00 PM Heritage Park at Main & Monroe in Streator streator.org Music in the Park Saturdays • See website for more info • 6 - 8 PM Washington Park • Ottawa cityofottawa.org pickusottawail.com

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Veranda Music Fridays and Saturdays 8-11 PM • 815-220-7386 Starved Rock Lodge • Oglesby starvedrocklodge.com

JUNE - SEPTEMBER Peru’s Music in the Park Fridays • 6 – 9 PM 815-200-5058 • peru.il.us

Land & Water Cruise Monday, Wednesday & Friday 11am-3pm • Starved Rock Visitors Center • 815-667-4726 starvedrock.org Visit A Canyon & A Boat Ride Saturday & Sunday 11am-1:30pm • Starved Rock Visitors Center • 815-6674726 starvedrock.org

JUNE-OCTOBER

River Cruises Saturdays and Sundays 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm Starved Rock Visitors Center 815-6674726 • starvedrock.org

OCTOBER

Fall Colors Trolley Tour Saturdays • 9:30am and 11am Tuesdays 11am • Starved Rock Visitor Center • 815-667-4726 dnr.illinois.gov Autumn on the River Tours Monday, Wednesday and Fridays • 11am – 2:30pm Starved Rock Visitor Center 815-667-4726 • dnr.illinois.gov

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NOVEMBER DECEMBER

Chris Kringle Market Nov. 26, 27, 28 and Dec 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 Ottawa • (815) 434-2737 pickusottawail.com

DECEMBER – MARCH

Guided Winter Hikes Weekends Starved Rock Lodge Oglesby • 815-220-7386 starvedrocklodge.com

MAY

May 14 & 15 Reunion of TBM Avengers Airshow Salute to Veterans • Illinois Valley Regional Airport • Peru tbmreunion.org May 15 Earlville’s Cruise Night 5pm - 8pm Downtown Earlville lasallecountycruisers.com May 22 Streator Food Truck Pop-up Noon - 7 pm Streator City Park • streator.org May 23 Kites in Flight Festival 11 am to 4 pm • Heritage Harbor • pickusottawail.com May 29-30 Buffalo Bill Days Utica • utica-il.gov lasallecountyhistoricalsociety.org

JUNE

June 5 Jammin’ at the Clock KickOff Party Heritage Park • Streator streator.org June 5 - 6 Ottawa Uncorked Jordan Block 111 Lincoln Place • Ottawa pickusottawail.com June 12 – 19 Poco – A – Poco Summer Music Camp pocoapoco.org • streator.org

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June 18 Ottawa’s Annual Cruise Night 5 pm to 10 pm Downtown Ottawa lasallecountycruisers.com June 25-27 Celebrate LaSalle Downtown LaSalle lasalle-il.gov

JULY

July 3 - July 11 Streator’s 4th of July Celebration Streator • streators4th.org July 3 4th of July Fireworks Streator • streators4th.org July 3 Peru Fireworks Celebration on Water St. peru.il.us July 4 4th of July Fireworks 211 East Main St. • Ottawa pickusottawail.com

AUGUST

August 12 - 15 Sweet Corn Festival Downtown Mendota sweetcornfestival.com August 14-15 Starved Rock Nationals Car Show Skydive Chicago pickusottawail.com August 28 UFPD Craft Beer Festival Utica • utica-il.gov

SEPTEMBER

September 11 & 12 BBQ N Blues & Jazz N The Streets Downtown LaSalle lasalle-il.gov lasallebusiness.org September 18 Starved Rock Country Marathon 7AM • Ottawa www.runsrc.com

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September 18 - 19 Vintage Illinois Wine Festival Matthiessen State Park RT 178 • Oglesby vintageillinois.com September 24-26 Starved Rock Country Festival of the Arts Ottawa • fotasrc.org September 25 Streator Food Truck Festival Noon - 7 PM Streator City Park streator.org September 25 Pluto Fest Streator City Park • streator.org

OCTOBER

October 9 - 10 LaSalle County Historical Society’s Burgoo Festival Downtown Utica 815-667-4861 lasallecountyhistoricalsociety.org October 30 Our Hometown Halloween LaSalle • lasalle-il.gov

NOVEMBER

November 15 - January 1 Celebration of Lights Rotary Park • LaSalle lasalle-il.gov

November 27 Keeping Christmas Close to Home Light Up Streator and Lighted Parade 7PM • Downtown Streator • streator.org ci.streator.il.us November 27 Small Business Saturday Utica • utica-il.gov November 27 Small Business Saturday LaSalle • lasalle-il.gov lasallebusiness.org

DECEMBER

December 1 - January 1 Celebration of Lights Rotary Park LaSalle • lasalle-il.gov December 3 – 5 Christkindlmarket Downtown LaSalle lasalle-il.gov lasallebusiness.org December 4 Miracle on 1st Street LaSalle • lasalle-il.gov December 4 Christmas Parade 815-200-5058 • peru.il.us

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g yinCounty EnjoLaSalle Tourism Information CITY OF LA SALLE 815-223-3755 • LASALLE www.lasalle-il.gov CITY OF MARSEILLES 815-795-2133 • MARSEILLES www.cityofmarseilles.com CITY OF OGLESBY 815-883-3389 • OGLESBY www.oglesby.il.us CITY OF PERU 815-223-0061 • PERU www.peru.il.us HERITAGE CORRIDOR CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU 815-667-4356 • UTICA www.HeritageCorridorCVB.com I & M CANAL BOAT/LOCK 16 VISITOR CENTER 815-220-1848 • LASALLE www.iandmcanal.org IL RIVER AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 815-795-2323 • MARSEILLES www.IRACC.org IL RIVER ROAD NATIONAL SCENIC BYWAY 309-547-2730 • LEWISTOWN www.illinoisriverroad.org

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IL WATERWAY VISITOR CENTER / U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS 815-667-4054 • OTTAWA www.mvr.usace.army.mil/Missions/ Recreation/Illinois-Waterway ILLINOIS VALLEY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 815-223-0227 • PERU www.ivaced.org MENDOTA AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 815-539-6507 • MENDOTA www.mendotachamber.com OTTAWA VISITORS CENTER 815-434-2737 • OTTAWA www.pickusottawail.com STARVED ROCK STATE PARK VISITOR CENTER 815-667-4726 • OGLESBY www.dnr.illinois.gov STREATOR TOURISM 815-672-2055 • STREATOR www.streator.org www.ci.streator.il.us VILLAGE OF NORTH UTICA 815-667-4111 • UTICA www.utica-il.gov VILLAGE OF SENECA 815-357-8771 • SENECA www.senecail.org

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