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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
84 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.


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Pere Marquette State Park
13112 Visitor Center Ln, Grafton, IL 62037-2481
4.5 of 5 bubbles
84 Reviews
Certificate of Excellence 2018
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Recent Reviews
Sandy D
Indiana
Trip type:
Couples
Visiting Family nearby
Jul 15, 2018
It is a clean park and Inn but there is very little to do. The trail map is horrible. People drive so fast in the park that it is dangerous!... more »
laurak2018168
Saint Peters, Missouri
Trip type:
Family
Family hike and horseback ride
Jul 12, 2018
We went on a hike in the park. Beautiful views! There were many different hikes to choose from. The visitor's center is very helpful. We also went on a horseback... more »
Jeremy L
Wood River, Illinois
Trip type:
Couples
Romantic or Roughing it
Jul 10, 2018
This is a truly wonderful place tucked away in a wooded area right on the Mississippi River. So if you're wanting to rough it, there are plenty of places for... more »
fitnesstraveler
tinley park, il
Trip type:
Friends getaway
On The Quieter Side
Jul 6, 2018
Of all the beaches visited so far, Pere Marquette is pretty impressive. Very clean and about 1 mile or so of a walkable beach. Lot of seaweed when we visited,... more »
Teresa C
Trip type:
Friends getaway
VW club show
Jul 1, 2018
The lodge we had lunch at , and the food was great ! The lodge it self is beautiful and the staff was there to help with every need !... more »
1-5 of 84 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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