Starved Rock State Park, Illinois: St. Louis Canyon Canyon and Wildcat Canyon Waterfalls

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.

I have covered the area in previous posts extensively and will wrap up Starved Rock in two posts, this being the second to last.

St. Louis Canyon Waterfall

I took that image hiking with a friend this past Autumn. I have been to this spot at least a dozen times but this past Autumn is the first time I made what I would label a good shot.

Feature Image Details

I used a Canon Canon 24-105MM F4 L Lens for this image.

Exposure was for 5 seconds at F16 at ISO 400. My focal length was 28mm.

I used a polarizer which added about two stops of exposure while also cutting down glare.

Wildcat Canyon

Key Tip

I seldom use a polarizers to intensify a blue sky, but that is how most people use them.

Rather, I use them on cloudy days to reduce glare. The difference is amazing.

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

Starved Rock State Park Articles

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This concludes Starved Rock. A new location is coming up.

Mike “Mish” Shedlock

2 thoughts on “Starved Rock State Park, Illinois: St. Louis Canyon Canyon and Wildcat Canyon Waterfalls

  1. Good Morning Mish,

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