During the three month celebration of the wonders of winter, the Starved Rock Area has all sorts of fabulous winter activities to take part in all season long! Aside from numerous organized special events in the area throughout the celebration, visitors are welcome to come and enjoy the wonders of winter with ongoing activities in this portion of the Corridor.

Cross Country Skiing
Cross country skiing is popular at Matthiessen
State Park. Ski rental is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 4 pm through March 31st at the Dells Area. Private, semi-private or group lessons are available. Fee.

For more information call, 815/664-2484.

Snowmobiling
Enjoy the outdoors by snowmobiling along the historic I & M Canal towpath. This 61 mile State Trail extends from LaSalle/Peru to Channahon, being the longest snowmobile trail in the State of Illinois. A minimum of 4 inches of snow is required for snowmobile travel on the towpath.

For weather information call 815/942-0796.

Eagle Watching
As the American Bald Eagles’ primary feeding areas in Canada and Alaska begin to freeze, the birds fly south to find food. The Illinois River is a popular wintering area for bald eagles because of abundant food and open water, particularly at locks and dams and power plants that keep the river from freezing. During the winter, bald eagles are under pressure to consume enough food and expend as little energy as possible in order to maintain body heat. If fishermen, bird watchers or boaters get too close to the eagles, the birds will waste valuable energy flying away.