Starved Rock State Park, Illinois: La Salle Canyon Frozen Waterfall

Starved Rock State Park is in Utica, Illinois. The park is about 2 hours away from Chicago.

My favorite times to visit, in order, are Autumn, Winter, and Spring. Summer is too crowded and the waterfall flows are typically minimum.

This image is not from this year so I cannot say for sure what it might look like right now. The water flows this year have been excellent but the alternating hot and cold spells might not be sufficient to build a great frozen waterfall.

Feature Image Details

I used a Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens shifted up to capture the top wall without pointing up to distort the image. Exposure was 1/4 second at F13, ISO 125.

Sunlight and a blue sky filtering though the ice creates these nice blue-green colors. Unlike the rest of the year when you are begging for clouds, in the Winter you want them.

Here are some images from this past Autumn for the same location.

The prior image is nearly the same perspective as the frozen waterfall. You can easily see how it freezes.

Nearby – Matthiessen State Park Images

Matthiessen State Park is very close and well worth a visit.

  1. Matthiessen State Park – Giant’s Bathtub – Upper Dells
  2. Matthiessen State Park – Lake Falls – Upper Dells
  3. Matthiessen State Park – Cascade Falls – Lower Dells
  4. Matthiessen State Park – Lower Dells – Autumn
  5. Matthiessen State Park – Lower Dells – Intermittent Waterfall

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