About Us

A Beautiful Illinois Cabin Resort Area near Starved Rock State Park

Kishauwau Country Cabins has been family owned and operated since 1986 when Ben & Ellen King purchased the land from the local Boyscout Council, then known as Camp Ki-Shau-Wau. While not knowing what they wanted to do with the property it slowly became a built-up family business that has gone through many transformations over the years. From the rustic beginnings of a mess hall (now the office and gift shop) and 4 original cabins (gutted and renovated into beautiful rentals), the King family and the help of friends constructed an additional 13 cabins over the next 20 years. A beautiful Koi pond was added in 2007 for a peaceful area to sit and read a good book or just enjoy the sound of the running waterfall and, of course, the entertainment of the frogs and toads.

Ben & Ellen creator of Kishauwau Country Cabins in Starved Rock, IL

Ben & Ellen

With the passing of Ben in 2006 and Ellen in 2010, the legacy continues within the family. The King children decided to continue the business, known at that time as Kishauwau on the Vermilion.

Today, Jamie (son of Ben & Ellen), his wife Terisa and their children live right on this gorgeous property which is now known as Kishauwau Country Cabins…a year-round country retreat. Each season has its own natural allure that makes Kishauwau one of the most inspirational and memorable places to stay. The King family takes great pride in the property and are very responsive to any of their renter's needs. Guests are in direct contact with them – from key exchanges to cleaning, to repairs, and anything in between. They are here to help you create the getaway of your dreams!

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Why Choose Us

  • Cabins near Starved Rock? We are the only mom & pop cabin rental property in this area like what we offer!
  • Our property is host to 17 cabins in varying sizes.
  • The only cabin lodging near Starved Rock State Park like what we offer.
  • They are spread throughout 55 acres of beautiful wooded property in north central Illinois.
  • Just a 1 1/2 – 2 hour drive from the Chicagoland area here in Illinois with a multitude of things to do. Click Here for the events calendar.
  • Kishauwau Country Cabins offers rental luxury vacation cabins for weekend, weeknight, and all-week getaways here in Illinois. Now renting our largest cabin for Baby/Bridal Showers and Business Meetings Sunday – Thursday from September – May. Please call for details.
  • Four state parks close by – Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park, Buffalo Rock State Park, and Illini State Park.