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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
102 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.


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
102 Reviews
Certificate of Excellence 2018
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Recent Reviews
Beerbroker
Trip type:
Couples
Mice in cabin
Feb 15, 2019
I referred a friend from St. Louis to stay at Pere Marquette with his wife for Saint Valentines Day They couldn't sleep because of the mice running around the bedroom.... more »
agoofygrle1
Hickory, North Carolina
Trip type:
Couples
Beautiful park
Jan 21, 2019
My husband and I were on vacation and visited this park. It was absolutely beautiful. We just stopped in to admire the beauty of this area and take some pictures.... more »
aaronmT9858JO
Overland Park, Kansas
Great Place to Watch the Eagles
Nov 6, 2018
Beautiful lookout at this well kept park. Enjoyed watching the eagles sore while standing on the bluff over the river. Worth a stop. more »
john y
Mattoon, Illinois
Trip type:
Couples
watch the bald eagles
Nov 6, 2018
great views of fall colors hiking trails or go horseback riding. watch all the bald eagles during migration great day for the family more »
Norton Wine T
Trip type:
Family
Horrid Humiliating Host
Oct 31, 2018
Pulled in with our RV to only find that the electric outlets did not work. Went to the host who immediately stated that our two-year-old vehicle was 'defective' and needs... 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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