It’s been on our bucket list to return in full winter ever since we discovered this Illinois #1 attraction during summer months years ago. It is beautiful during camping season, but In January and February Eagles converge on the State Park and offer a whole new reason to trek back to the park. Eagles congregate in this area of the Illinois River where the feeding is a fishy smorgasbord around the area of the dam; the colder it gets, the more Eagles are reported. My research alluded to “Dozens +” sightings at a time–- eagles soaring in the air, eagles diving into the river for fish, eagles roosting in tall trees . . . eagles galore along the miles of beautiful hiking trails with cliff-side viewing platforms. My thinking – even if the eagles didn’t show up – we would be there in the beautiful lodge and would enjoy the benefits of a little New Year’s getaway!
Evidently the welcome girl at the restaurant didn’t understand the essence of a “reservation.” She said “we are not seating anyone now, and you need to come back later.” She stubbornly stuck to that story . . . so we went into the bar for drinks – and a full-service menu! After dinner we meandered around the Lodge and I took some pictures.