The Oswego to Starved Rock Run

Average Rating - This road has been rated by 5 visitors

State: Illinois
Date Submitted: September 1, 2004
Submitted by: Mad Mag
Motorcycle Road Length: 45 Miles

Written Directions

You can start off in Oswego Illinois. Pick up 71 south at Route 34 (Ogden Avenue) and take it all the way south until you enter Starved Rock State Park. 71 turns twice in Ottawa, so make sure to follow the signs.


Ride some low-congestion two-lane blacktop and get away from the city congestion. You'll see many farms, an ultralite airfield, a competition go-cart track and a beautiful state park.

Road Quality  

This route is mostly flat, straight 2-lane road from Oswego until Ottawa. After Ottawa, the road turns twisty for a few miles before entering beautiful Starved Rock State Park.Be careful in the twisties if you've never ridden them before. In IL they are rare and newer riders should take it easy!

Roadside Amenities  

You pass a few gas stations along the way as well as some good small town restaurants. The restaurant next to the Amoco has some good inexpensive food.

Additional Info

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Reviewed by TroubleMaker on April 16, 2016
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Creator: TroubleMaker
motorcycle_year: 2008
motorcycle_make: Triumph Rocket III
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Nice Run. Hilly, with lots of turns close to the park. Saw some kid lay his racing bike down on one of the turns, and take out a mailbox. He was ok (thankfully)... so just a reminder, take it slow on those turns! Lots of construction and congestion in Oswego (start of the trip), might be better to avoid 34/71 interchange... maybe come north down Orchard. But after Oswego, it's a beautiful ride! Enjoy!
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Reviewed by this guy is nuts on July 15, 2015
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Creator: this guy is nuts
motorcycle_year: 1996
motorcycle_make: Kawasaki
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: This is the northeast Illinois riders dream route! Paved two lane from Oswego to Starved Rock, little to no traffic- never congestion, smooth pavement, a mere handful of lights, everything the city and suburbs don't offer. If your bike is your baby and riding her is your r&r- cruise this route. Awesome little stops along the way, REALLY decent eats (try grumpee's pork chop or chili dog), just watch for wildlife (lots of deer, coyote, wolves, turkeys, raccoons, opossums, squirrels...standard Illinois target practice). Ride free and stay safe! See you in the road!!!
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Reviewed by dholtz99 on May 22, 2012
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Creator: dholtz99
motorcycle_year: 2003
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Really nice ride. Gorgeous scenery and not a lot of traffic. Awesome for a day trip! Make sure to visit Stonehead Leather in Utica after the Park. Awesome people and great prices!
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Reviewed by ViragoDan on April 26, 2012
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Creator: ViragoDan
motorcycle_year: 1996
motorcycle_make: Yamaha
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Any time I go to Starved Rock, I always take 34 (Ogden) to 71 straight to the park, whether in the car or on the bike. I am one for local highways over the interstates. It's a relaxing ride. Great road to clear your head. Plenty of scenery in the form of farms. Not very twisty and slightly hilly the farther South you go. You'll get plenty of motorcycle waves when traveling this road as a lot of motorcyclists use it. Some days there will be more traffic than others, but never congested. Plenty of places to stop for gas with stations not being more than a dozen miles apart. Stop at the downed airplane monument. It's always worth a photo. As soon as I submit this, I'm going to jump on the bike and ride it again.
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Reviewed by Dxterlab on July 26, 2011
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Creator: Dxterlab
motorcycle_year: 2007
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: It was a great alternative to the highway. Some really nice sweeping bends and some good space to ride.
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