Hike, Play & Splash the Day Away

Conveniently located just steps from Starved Rock & Mathiessen State Parks

Escape the ordinary with a magical family getaway
Nestled just off I-80 in the beautiful Illinois Valley, we offer an oasis of relaxation and adventure - a destination where waterpark fun meets the great outdoors! A truly unforgettable place to unwind, play, meet, dine and explore with family and friends :)

Accommodations for groups of all sizes
Grand Bear offers a variety of roomy and comfortable accommodations from our main lodge hotel rooms to private 2-bedroom villas and 3-bedroom cabins.

Whether you're a party of two - or eighteen, our spacious guest units will accommodate groups and gatherings of all sizes.

Explore Nature and Hike the Day Away

Immerse yourfelf in nature with stroll through the serene rivers and streams at Starved Rock, Matthiessen & Buffalo Rock State Parks. Illinois Valley is truly unlike anywhere else in Illinois. Trek the beautiful landscape of the towering canyons and waterfalls and you're sure to find yourself anticipating what lies beyond the next bend.

Activities & Amenities

Activities and amenities vary by season. Be sure to check the calendar for details.

Canyonside Yoga

Unwind at one of our Sunday morning canyonside yoga sessions.

Fitness Center

No need to drop your routine while visiting with our fitness center and seasonal yoga sessions.

What Our Guests Are Saying

Recommend it!

Came here for a quick overnight get away with my daughters over spring break. Great service, lots of activities to do within the resort! Would definitely go back and recommend it!

S. Losacco
Google reviews (5/5)

Hope to be back

It was a great resort. We stayed at their vacation villas and it was great. Front desk was friendly and so was everyone at the waterpark. Starved Rock is a 2 mins drive away. Totally worth it and we hope to be back.

O. Lopez
Google reviews (5/5)


We went here for my Son birthday and we’ll I must say WE HAVE TO RETURN…It was a very fun experience even though it was cold outside the indoor water park is very fun and great for kids.

YaH Boy! AP
Google reviews (5/5)

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