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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
100 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.


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
100 Reviews
Certificate of Excellence 2018
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Recent Reviews
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 »
OnAir20247566546
Trip type:
Family
homemade everyday
Oct 30, 2018
Perky and bright with friendly owners and staff. Quiche is outstanding and the rest of the menu is very good. Homemade pastries are delicious ! more »
stjohnbeachlover
St. Louis, Missouri
Trip type:
Couples
Great location but could use a few updates!
Oct 20, 2018
My husband and I camped here last week in our rv for 4 nights. The park has only electric so you have to fill your water tanks at the few... 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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