Elevation: 466 ft
GPS: 41.321, -88.993 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Access Issue: Select canyons only. Registration required. Details

Description

Starved Rock is an amazing vertical oasis along the Illinois River.  The rock is incredibly soft, but the creeks and a few seeps form lovely waterfalls that freeze in a good winter.

The canyons open to ice climbing have varied over the years, and climbers must register.  Be sure to check in the Park Maintenance building before you hop on the ice, tickets are $195, an expensive day of climbing.

Ice Climbing in only the following canyons, subject to changes from year to year:

(2020-2021):

  • Wildcat Canyon
  • Tonti Canyon
  • LaSalle Canyon
  • Ottawa Canyon

Ice Climbing Regulations

  • Sign in at Maintenance building. ALSO Sign out at the end of the day required
  • Climbing allowed between 7am and Dusk
  • No Climbing alone
  • No Mixed Climbing
  • Do NOT wear your crampons on the the wooden bridges or walkway.

Getting There

Located along the Illinois River south of Utica, IL.

The ice is 15-30 minutes along park trails.  See the individual canyons and the map for details.

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