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Starved Rock Hike and Eagle watch

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This event has 2 parts, an eagle viewing and photo opportunity from the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center and a winter hike past frozen waterfalls on the trails at Starved Rock State Park across the river a few miles away.

We'll meet at 10:30 am at the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center next to the Starved Rock Lock and Dam, approximately two miles east of Route 178 near Utica, Illinois. NOT the Starved Rock State park visitors center !!!!! This location is about 2 hours from the Chicago metro area. The directions at the bottom of this posting bring you to the Visitor center easier than the directions going thru Ottawa on the following site, but other information is there.


Bring a packed lunch than can be eaten on the trail.

Later on dinner can be had at the state park lodge or in town. http://www.starvedroc...

If you have never seen the Starved Rock State Park area in winter, you might be amazed. Eagles fishing at the dam, frozen waterfalls, broken ice on the Illinois river and the snowy terrain on the trails.

This time of year is prime time for viewing the eagles nesting and hunting for fish near the dam and we can watch from the heated visitors center through the huge glass windows or go outside on the balcony. After the eagle watch and everyone has arrived, we'll head over to Starved Rock State Park for a hike of 5 miles give or take, depending on conditions and what you are willing to do. Since this is a great photo opportunity we'll keep a somewhat casual pace. The hiking terrain is moderate on the paths but can get difficult in areas with a lot of ice or snow. http://www.illinoisra...

What to bring: Binoculars,spotting scope and/or photo gear. A tripod is helpfull for the long distance shots of the eagles.. A hiking pole that allows you to attach your camera to can be useful.

Hiking poles. 3 legs good, 4 legs better.

Boots with good traction soles. Or we highly recommend traction aids for your boots called Yak Trax. These are gadgets you attach onto the bottoms of your boots that help walking on the ice and snow. They can be purchased at sporting good stores. Unless the temp rises above freezing the entire week before, you may need them. http://www.expertvill...

Your boots may get soaked and muddy so consider a dry pair of socks and clean shoes for the ride home. Consider extra pants in case you slip and fall in snow and mud.

Layered clothes, dress for the temperature. If it's below freezing cover all skin. Water, snacks, lunch if you want it, and someone has to bring chocolate. Consider bringing a thermos with hot chocolate, tea or coffee.

Directions to Starved Rock Lock and Dam From the Chicago area:
Take I-294 South OR I-355 south to I-55. Take I-55 South to I-80. Go west on I-80 for 45 miles to Exit #81 (Rt. 178 Utica). Go South and pass thru Utica to Dee Bennett Road and turn Left (East). Go approximately two miles to the Lock and Dam Will send leaders number when you sign up

FYI. :
Park info.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time!

    February 5, 2010

  • Melenie

    Awesome hike. Challenging yet satisfying. Great to meet some new adventure seekers and nice to mingle with friends too. Perfect day with sun the whole way. Thanks for organizing a great event!

    February 2, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great adventure. Did anyone find an extra yak trak on the trail. i lost one of mine!

    February 1, 2010

  • Helen T.

    What a wonderful day! Cold, but bright and sunny - perfect for winter hiking.
    The frozen waterfalls were wonderful, and the hiking companionship was terrific.

    February 1, 2010

  • Andres

    A big thanks to the people who put the hike on and lead the different groups on the hike.

    February 1, 2010

  • Walter W.

    It was a nice sunny day. The hike was nice, and its nice seeing and meeting new hiking friends and seeing old friends. Had a good time. Thank you to all the planners.

    February 1, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great company, fabulous weather, eagle sightings and other scenic vistas made for a perfect outing. Could not have been better. Many thanks to those who organized and led this hike.

    January 31, 2010

  • Mary M

    Had a great time hiking with everybody. Thanks so much for organizing.

    January 31, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great way to get acquainted withe a group. I am a new person in the club and I find that very helpful. The Starved Rock is beautiful in winter, very reasonable place to meet.

    January 31, 2010

  • Lana

    It was our first time hiking Starved Rock and we enjoyed this getaway immensely. I should really stop saying that Illinois is a huge pancake landscape-wise :). Great to see a lot of familiar faces and meet new people, too.
    Mark, thanks for putting the trip together! And boy, did those little yaktrax thingies come in handy..:)

    January 31, 2010

  • Val

    Unfortunately I just found out (yesterday) that I'm not going to be able to go. I have a work meeting on Sunday. Yes, you read that right: Sunday. So I can't offer anyone a ride, either. I'm really sorry I can't make it, and I'm about to post a message to the group. Hope to meet up with you all soon.

    January 29, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    reached max capacity for carpooling. sorry!

    January 29, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can I car pool with anyone. I am located in Orland Park, can either driver or share ride

    January 14, 2010

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