April Updates

From the Commodore

  • The April meeting has been cancelled.
  • Spring launch has been moved from April 18 to Friday, May 1, but this is still a tentative date.
  • The clubhouse is locked and closed, per the Governor’s Stay at Home order.  Access to the laundry area and downstairs washrooms is open to members (with keycards/fobs.)
  • You may access the Club property to check on or work on your boat. If your boat is not stored onsite, you may bring it to your slip as weather permits. Please do not put any boats on B dock at this time, due to ongoing work there.
  • Please observe social distancing if others are on the property. Only members of your immediate household should be on your boat or closer than 6 feet.

We’re looking forward to the boating season more than ever this year. As you know, the situation is changing daily, and we depend on members to help keep themselves and others safe. Let’s be careful out there!

Our beautiful harbor. Patience!

Room with a View

If you’re a boater, we’ve got room with a view this spring.

30- and 40-foot slips are ready and waiting for you to bring your prized vessel to SRYC. You’ll find the setting beautiful, the people friendly, and the prices reasonable.

Formed in 1934, Starved Rock Yacht Club has a long tradition of serving boating families and the community. There is a well-equipped club house with bar, kitchen, big-screen TVs, event space, and huge deck with panoramic views of the harbor and Illinois river. Many of our docks were recently rebuilt, with new concrete surfaces and new power/water pedestals. Our launch ramp floats your boat into the quiet harbor, not the river’s current. We’ve got gas grills, picnic tables, hot showers, ice, and laundry — all for a fraction of the price you would pay at another marina.

Our members own all types of boats, from houseboats and power cruisers to ski boats, fishing boats, and pontoons. Pay us a visit and see for yourself! Membership is open to anyone with a boat or PWC.

SRYC is a member-owned, member-run, non-profit organization. Our charitable arm, SRYC Charities, has served the greater Ottawa community for years, awarding monetary grants to local schools and service organizations, and sponsors the annual Ron Robb Special People Cruise.

Here’s a chart showing open slips on our docks.

Pricing and How to Join

Questions? Contact us today.

Updated 2020 Lock Closures

The latest plan from the Army Corps of Engineers removes Brandon Road from the list of locks scheduled to be closed in the summer of 2020.

Starting at Marseilles and heading south, the river locks will be shut down from July through late October. Dresden will see daytime closures most of the summer, allowing boaters some access from Lake Michigan down as far as Seneca.

This is the official word from the Army Corps, as of the last update in October, 2019.



Marseilles Lock & Dam, RM 244.6
Starved Rock Lock & Dam, RM 231.0
Peoria Lock & Dam, RM 157.7
Lagrange Lock & Dam, RM 80.2

Dresden Island – Partial Closure scheduled July 6-Oct. 3 and Oct. 25-Oct. 28 Locks operational from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. with a 70-ft width restriction and no ability to pull unpowered barges. Full Closure scheduled Oct. 4-Oct. 24

Marseilles Lock & Dam, RM 244.6 will be closed to all navigation at 0600 on 06 July 2020 and will reopen at 1800 on 29 October 2020.

Starved Rock Lock & Dam, RM 231.0 will be closed to all navigation at 0600 on 01 July 2020 and will reopen at 1800 on 29 October 2020.

Peoria Lock & Dam, RM 157.7 will be closed to all navigation at 0600 on 06 July 2020 and will reopen at 1800 on 30 September 2020.

LaGrange Lock & Dam, RM 80.2 will close to all navigation at 0600 on 01 July 2020 and will reopen at 1800 on 30 September 2020.

The purpose of these closures is to perform major maintenance as part of the Illinois Waterway Consolidated Closures.