Starved Rock Visitor Center

by Camellia March. 31, 2019 289 views

No trip is complete without having stopped at the visitor center and Starved Rock visitor center is no exception.

At the entrance of the center there is a slice of the trunk of one of the largest American Elm trees in the U.S. that grew at Starved Rock . There is also 400-gallon aquarium that holds fish that are found in the Illinois River which runs along the visitor center grounds. Other displays within this building are Indian wigwam with lifelike figures, display of stone tools used by Native Americans, timeline outlining the development and growth of the park, some native mounted birds and mammals as well as a theater and a gift/souvenir /sandwich/ice cream shop.

Outside the visitor center one can find an area with birdhouses and feeders as well as the Starved Rock Lock & Dam. This particular lock and dam was built in 1933. It is one of five original navigation lock and dam structures that are part of the Illinois Waterway, and one of three that are on the Illinois River. Many people use this area, as well, to fish for Channel Catfish, Large mouth Bass, Walleye, and White Bass.

While drones are currently illegal to use in the state parks, according to the IDNR (Illinois Department of Natural Resources) due to the fragile ecosystems in the state parks and nature preserves as well as wildlife disturbance, I did find a video showing what Starved Rock looks like when everything has turned green.

Bird's Eye view of Starved Rock

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Joe Zink 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Fishing!
I really liked this series, Camellia...state parks are an awesome way to spend the day.
Now I'm wishing the snow was just a little more melted so I can go on a nature hike. (It's still pretty deep, in the woods, but the fields have melted off...sigh, c'mon spring!)

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Camellia Replied to Joe Zink 5 months, 2 weeks ago

This year Spring's entrance reminds me of the" Little Engine That Could". It keeps trying to show its face but not quite there.

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Antonio Gil 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Love the bird pictures, and thanks for the link Camellia

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Camellia Replied to Antonio Gil 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks and welcome.

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Bob Rosenberg 5 months, 2 weeks ago

It's too bad that drones are getting such a bad rap.  I have a DJI drone too, and they take beautiful movies with a wonderful perspective.

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Camellia Replied to Bob Rosenberg 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Sadly like everything else in this world a few misused ones ruin it for others.

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Jay Boggess 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Fascinating place! Nice photo reportage, great video & fascinating historical background! Thanks!
I still wonder why it's called "Starved Rock"???

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Camellia Replied to Jay Boggess 5 months, 2 weeks ago

The name comes from the fact that the Indians who were hiding there ended up dying from starvation.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Camellia 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Sad to hear......

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