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Pere Marquette State Park

13112 Visitor Center Lane
Grafton, IL 62037
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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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Visitor Center open Monday - Saturday: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Pere Marquette Walk

October 13, 2018
9:00am to 12:00pm

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13112 Visitor Center Ln, Grafton, IL 62037-2481
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Recent Reviews
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 »
Vacationer8181
Springfield, Illinois
Trip type:
Solo travel
A nice place to stay
Aug 24, 2018
This is nice place to relax. The staff are very nice, friendly and helpful. You can relax and enjoy the atmosphere. more »
lynclarke
Saint Louis, Missouri
Trip type:
Couples
Nice State campground
Aug 11, 2018
The campgrounds has easy access off the Great River Road. The road to the campgrounds is separate from the road to the Pete Marquette Lodge. First for RV campers, once... more »
1-5 of 93 Reviews

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