If you’ve never heard of the Illinois River Valley, it’s about time you got yourself acquainted. This gorgeous river flows through several green canyons perfect for exploring from a houseboat’s roaming deck. The area’s iconic Starved Rock, Starved Rock Lock & Dam, and Plum Island Eagle Sanctuary can also be spied from the water.
Speaking of Starved Rock, Starved Rock Adventures is ready to hook you up with just the right rental for your journey. With large swim platforms, waterslides, and fully equipped kitchens on all their houseboats, you’ll be well set-up to enjoy your adventure on the Illinois River. Their rentals come in two sizes to meet the needs of various party sizes with the 50-foot Captain Series (sleeps 8) and the 60-foot Admiral Series (sleeps 10, licensed up to 12). The popular Captain Series comes in at a fantastic price for a nice mid-range boat while the Admiral Series doubles up with conveniences like two bathrooms, two refrigerators and freezers, and two motors, with touches like a top deck wet bar and second driving station for a little added luxury. Starved Rock Adventures can also hook your party up with other rental boats equipped with jet skis, water skis, or tubes. You can even lay back on their private beach for some sun or explore to find your own. Visitors also love experiencing the authentic, narrated paddlewheel boat tour onboard The Belle of the Rock.
One thing is sure—no matter how you choose to spend your vacation at the Illinois River, you’re sure to do it in the utmost relaxation.
Photo credited to Starved Rock Adventures