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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.

Hours of Operation


Visitor Center open Monday - Saturday: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Pere Marquette Rendezvous

September 09, 2017
10:00am to 5:00pm

Pere Marquette Rendezvous

September 10, 2017
10:00am to 4:00pm
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13112 Visitor Center Ln, Grafton, IL 62037-2481
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Richard H
Mehlville
Trip type:
Couples
Pere Marquette State Park
5 of 5 bubbles May 22, 2017
The Visitor's Center was excellent with its many stuffed critters. The hiking trails were quite challenging as the easy ones were partially under water.. The Scenic Drive is a great... more »
MidwestVacationMomma
Annawan, Illinois
Trip type:
Family
Unplanned Vacation
4 of 5 bubbles May 22, 2017
Hidden Gem! We stumbled across this state park by accident. It is not a large state park, just big enough for our family with young kids. We visited with a... more »
Taylor B
Chicago, Illinois
Trip type:
Couples
The largest state park in Illinois
5 of 5 bubbles May 2, 2017
At 8,050 acres, Pere Marquette State Park is the largest state park in Illinois. Established in 1931, it is located on Illinois Route 100 near the city of Grafton at... more »
Aaron R
Trip type:
Family
Beautiful views
4 of 5 bubbles Apr 26, 2017
Took a day trip to this park with four of my kids, aged 9 to 16. We hiked a couple of the trails and drove through a lot of the... more »
Rick H
Belvidere
Trip type:
Couples
Spring getaway
4 of 5 bubbles Apr 19, 2017
We stayed in cabin two nights,nice hiking,can be a bit strenuous for some. Will probably be back to camp in campground. more »
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