If you’ve never heard of the Illinois River Valley, it’s about time you got yourself acquainted. This gorgeous river flows through several sandstone canyons perfect for exploring from a houseboat’s roaming deck. The iconic Starved Rock, Starved Rock Lock & Dam, and the Plum Island Eagle Sanctuary can also be spied from the water.
Speaking of, Starved Rock Adventures is ready to hook you up with just the right rental for your journey. Their 8-passenger Captain Series and 12-passenger Admiral Series are great options. The Captain serves to please families looking for a mid-range boat, while the Admiral takes things up a notch with additions like a top deck wet bar, two refrigerators with freezers, and dual motors. Whether you’re looking to waterslide, jet ski, tube, or simply relax with a deck of cards or a good movie, you’re covered. As a renter, you can also access the water resort’s private island beach for some swimming or jump on the narrated paddlewheel boat tour with the The Belle of the Rock. Just make sure to save some time for sightseeing, because you don’t want to miss checking out this area’s namesake—and don’t forget to keep your eyes open for waterfalls.
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