Starved Rock State Park is a 2,630-acre (1,060 ha) Illinois state park located in Deer Park Township, LaSalle County, Illinois in the United States. The park is along the south bank of the Illinois River on Illinois Route 71, just southwest of the village of North Utica. The park is the most visited Illinois state park in Illinois, with over two million visitors in 2009.
The area was once home to Native Americans, particularly the Kaskaskia who lived in the Grand Village of the Illinois across the river. Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette were the first Europeans recorded as exploring the region, and by 1682, the French had established Fort St. Louis on a large sandstone butte overlooking the river. The fort was the first major settlement by the French in Illinois.
According to a native legend, a group of Illinois Confederation (Illini) pursued by the Ottawa and Potawatomi fled to the butte in the late 18th century. The Ottawa and Potawatomi besieged the butte until all of the Illini had starved, and the butte became known as Starved Rock. It was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1960.
The park includes 13 miles (21 km) of hiking trails, numerous waterfalls (ice falls in winter) and other landforms. Starved Rock State Park contains 18 sandstone canyons carved over the last 12,000 years by a combination of surface water runoff and groundwater outflow.
Captured on September 17, 2010.
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