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2017 Official Alton Visitors Guide
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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
109 Reviews
Certificate of Excellence 2019
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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.


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

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
January 07, 2020
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
January 10, 2020
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
January 25, 2020
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
January 27, 2020
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
January 28, 2020
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
January 30, 2020
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
February 03, 2020
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
February 04, 2020
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
February 06, 2020
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
February 07, 2020
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
February 08, 2020
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
February 10, 2020
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
February 11, 2020
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
February 13, 2020
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
February 21, 2020
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
February 28, 2020
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
March 06, 2020
8:30am to 2:00pm

Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair
June 06, 2020
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
109 Reviews
Certificate of Excellence 2019
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Excellent
60
Very Good
37
Average
5
Poor
4
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Recent Reviews
William M
Belleville, Illinois
The park is beautiful
Oct 25, 2019
We enjoyed the scenic drive through the park. We were there when the fall colors were coming in. We really enjoyed the park. more »
LDHtraveler
Belleville, Illinois
Trip type:
Couples
Afternoon drive to see fall foliage
Oct 23, 2019
We drove to Grafton to see the fall foliage at the Pere Marquette State Park. The drive up was beautiful and the park is very nice. The leaves we were... more »
EwanderingMan
Hendersonville, North Carolina
I Just HAD to see this place one more time...
Oct 14, 2019
My wife & I were staying in Grafton at friends' home while we prepared to go "down" the "River Road" (o.k., technically... McAdams Parkway, Rte 100) to my 50-year high... more »
tpreuss2019
Honeymoon Stay
Oct 11, 2019
Beautiful park with beautiful scenic views that you can park your car and get out and enjoy the view. The wild life is awesome. You can have pets in the... more »
jennifer772
Wisconsin
Short scenic drive
Oct 6, 2019
Nice park, but the scenic drive is very short (only about 3 stops have views). One offers a good view of both Swan Lake and the Illinois River. more »
1-5 of 109 Reviews

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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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