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    Starved Rock is one of the most beautiful places in Illinois. I worked at the lodge there for 7 years, and I really got to know the park well. Lets start to highlight some of the things that make Starved Rock so special.


    St Petersburg sandstone, usually found hundreds of feet below the surface, form sandstone bluffs 100ft above the Illinois River. Glacial runoff carved 18 canyons through the sandstone cap and left some pretty impressive waterfalls behind, too. Starved Rock itself is a sandstone Butte, and it is a great place to view eagles in winter. The sandstone definitely plays a big role in Starved Rock’s beauty


    The Starved Rock Dam on the Illinois River causes so much turbulence that it keeps the river from freezing, even in sub-zero temperatures. This effect has caused Bald Eagles to winter in the area. Usually, the highest concentration is seen when most bodies of water in the area are all frozen. A general rule of thumb is the colder it has been, the more eagles to see. Starved Rock itself and Eagle Cliff are great places to view the eagles, and across the river, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a visitor center with a good viewing platform as well.

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