Starved Rock State Park, Illinois: Ottawa Canyon 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.

I was fortunate to have this woman and her two dogs show up when I was there. I asked to stand still and she did. I like the pink booties on one of her dogs.

Feature Image Details

I used a Canon 17-35mm lens for this image. It is not a lens that I currently use. Exposure was 1 second at F16, ISO 320 at a focal length of 17mm..

Backlighting though the ice creates these nice blue-green colors. We used cross country skies to get into this location. Most people walk.

Here is an image of my wife Liz and I from the same location.

And this is a shot from November 2019, standing outside looking in.

You can easily see how the frozen waterfall forms.

Nearby – Matthiessen State Park Images

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

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