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Pere Marquette State Park

13112 Visitor Center Lane
Grafton, IL 62037
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P: (618) 786-3323
F: (618) 786-3323

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Hours of Operation
Visitor Center open Monday - Saturday: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

4.5 of 5 bubbles
95 Reviews
Certificate of Excellence 2018
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Pere Marquette State Park

With nearly 8,000 acres of scenic beauty, Pere Marquette State Park is one of the most picturesque and beautiful locations on the Illinois River. As the largest state park in Illinois, visitors love coming to the park for hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding and scenic drives. The centerpiece of the park is the massive lodge and cabins. Built in the 1930s, the lodge has a distinct flavor of native stone and rustic timbers. The most prominent feature of the lodge is the 700-ton fireplace in the Great Room Lobby along with the life-size chess board and pieces. Elegant dining services are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The lodge is famous in the area for their family-style fried chicken dinner and Sunday brunch buffet. The lodge works great with groups during the busiest seasons of the year - fall colors and eagles.

The Pere Marquette Visitors Center is located at the entrance of Pere Marquette State Park. The Visitors Center has several displays telling the story of the famous explorers Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet. Visitors can also learn about the evolution of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. Maps of hiking trails and reservations for the campgrounds can also be obtained at the center. In the winter, the center is the starting point for numerous eagle tours from late December through February.


Fishing and Night Hike Program
October 19, 2018
Starts at 5:00pm

Fishing and Night Hike Program
November 02, 2018
Starts at 5:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
December 28, 2018
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
January 03, 2019
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
January 05, 2019
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
January 28, 2019
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
January 29, 2019
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
January 31, 2019
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
February 01, 2019
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
February 02, 2019
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
February 04, 2019
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
February 05, 2019
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
February 07, 2019
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
February 08, 2019
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
February 14, 2019
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
February 15, 2019
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
February 22, 2019
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
February 25, 2019
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
March 04, 2019
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
March 08, 2019
8:30am to 2:00pm

Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair
June 08, 2019
10:00am to 4:00pm

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Pere Marquette State Park
13112 Visitor Center Ln, Grafton, IL 62037-2481
4.5 of 5 bubbles
95 Reviews
Certificate of Excellence 2018
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Excellent
53
Very Good
33
Average
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Poor
4
Terrible
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Recent Reviews
Laura B
Trip type:
Couples
beautiful in fall
Oct 13, 2018
This lodge is stunning, especially in fall when all the maples in the park have full color. The food is good, the lodging is good, the atmosphere is great! We... more »
NathanW99Subie
Alton, Illinois
Trip type:
Friends getaway
Tent Camping Was Excellent
Oct 2, 2018
We had our guys only, annual camping trip here last weekend. It was fantastic. We had great weather. We chose the camping site at the top of the hill and... more »
Sandra K
Trip type:
Couples
A beautiful place to get eaten alive by mosquitoes.
Sep 18, 2018
I would never camp here again. The mosquitoes were so bad that every camper was inside their rv's or tents because of the relentless attacks. We were at first wondering... more »
CDM49
Texas
Trip type:
Couples
Disappointed Is About All I Can Say
Sep 16, 2018
Years ago when I first visited the park I thought it was just beautiful. However today I thought it needed some major work. On the scenic drive none of the... more »
lawnsausage
Saint Louis, Missouri
Trip type:
Family
Great for a short stay
Sep 4, 2018
Left the wife at home and took the kids for an overnight. Check in was fast so we could get out into some fresh air. Our cabin was nice enough... more »
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Pere Marquette State Park

With nearly 8,000 acres of scenic beauty, Pere Marquette State Park is one of the most picturesque and beautiful locations on the Illinois River. As the largest state park in Illinois, visitors love coming to the park for hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding and scenic drives. The centerpiece of the park is the massive lodge and cabins. Built in the 1930s, the lodge has a distinct flavor of native stone and rustic timbers. The most prominent feature of the lodge is the 700-ton fireplace in the Great Room Lobby along with the life-size chess board and pieces. Elegant dining services are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The lodge is famous in the area for their family-style fried chicken dinner and Sunday brunch buffet. The lodge works great with groups during the busiest seasons of the year - fall colors and eagles.

The Pere Marquette Visitors Center is located at the entrance of Pere Marquette State Park. The Visitors Center has several displays telling the story of the famous explorers Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet. Visitors can also learn about the evolution of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. Maps of hiking trails and reservations for the campgrounds can also be obtained at the center. In the winter, the center is the starting point for numerous eagle tours from late December through February.


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