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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.

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.

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. 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 and items for the live and silent auctions will be accepted by the non-profit Starved Rock Foundation.

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 as well as entertainment will be available throughout the evening. Table sponsorships (8 people) are also available for purchase.

Call to Action:
Purchase April 5 Dinner Tickets here

If you would like to assist with our dinner plans, or become a sponsor for the dinner, please contact Kathy Casstevens at (815) 220-7386 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 Walcyznski, Historian, Starved Rock Foundation / Docent

Nolan Hallock, Starved Rock Clean Up Crew, Starved Rock Walkers Club

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Illinois Conservation Police

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center

Tangled Roots Brewing Company

US Foods

TDG Communications

For the Love of Starved Rock Campaign has partnered with the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation to manage all Campaign funds. Financial contributions made on behalf of the Campaign are tax-deductible in accordance with IRS regulations. Please make your check payable to the SRCCF, with Starved Rock Campaign in the memo line, and mail to 718 Columbus Street, Ottawa, IL 61350. Credit card payments may be made at You will receive a gift acknowledgement including tax-deduction information directly from the Community Foundation.