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Looking up at the sky at Wildcat Canyon.
Lower view of Wildcat Canyon.
French Canyon. (As close as I could get anyway)
Looking for something to do while you're here? We have tons of information on the Starved Rock, Matthiesen, and Buffalo Rock State Parks area:
Ice Falls at Starved Rock.  Come see them this weekend, cause they may not be around too much longer.  St. Patricks Day Parade is downtown Utica this weekend as well.  Stay at the Brightwood Inn and mention Ice Falls and get $50.00 off your room.  Stay multiple nights and get $50 off each night. 3-7-13 to 3-10-13   888-667-0600 or 815-667-4600
This weekend is eagle weekend. It’s going to be well attended by eagles this year as it’s so cold our snowman is begging us to bring him inside! The eagles congregate, in abundance, near the dam to feed when the rivers, lakes and ponds freeze up. You can see hundreds of eagles in one day.

Starved Rock State Park will be having their annual Birds of Prey Show at the Illinois Waterway Visitors Center. If you’ve never seen the show it is quite impressive. It’s also very well attended every year.

We can send you out to see a couple of very large eagle nests. They are occupied this time of year. It’s very likely you will get to see the eaglets. Eagles pairs stay together until one or the other dies. They go back to the same nests each year. We’ve read that they increase the size of the nests, and they can be as large as 6 feet in diameter. Now that’s a nest!

We have some rooms available. We have hot tubs, gas fireplaces, really comfy beds, and beautiful views of the prairie and Matthiessen State Park.

You can check our rooms out here:

You can check availability here:

Put in the date and the rooms that come up are the rooms that are available. The site is real time so if it’s there, it’s available and if it isn’t there it’s reserved.

Now this is where it get interesting. Text me at 815-202-6898 and tell me what you want to pay for the room. If it’s reasonable I am going to say yes. Thank You for not texting crazy off the wall numbers. I am serious about this. You can also e-mail me at or just call 815-667-4600.

Whatever you choose to do it will be a million times better than just staying home trying to stay warm. A full hot breakfast for two also comes with your room. We have free wi-fi, complimentary cookies and sodas.  Applies to new bookings only.

1…2…3…start texting!
Matthiessen State Park
Starved Rock Lock and Dam.
I&M Canal bike path.  One of the best in Illinois.
The majority of the trees are just starting to turn now. Everyday seeing a little more color here and there. But once the start turning, they go fast!! So maybe another 5 days or so till peak.  The unusual warm weather is probably holding it back.  This Monday and Tuesday in the 80's!!!