home listings pere marquette state park

Pere Marquette State Park

13112 Visitor Center Lane
Grafton, IL 62037
(618) 786-3323 PHONE
(618) 786-3323 FAX
View Website
Request/Download a Visitor Guide
Subscribe to E-Newsletter
Featured Lodging


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.





Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair

June 09, 2018
10:00am to 4:00pm

reviews and ratings

Traveler Reviews brought to you by
Pere Marquette State Park
13112 Visitor Center Ln, Grafton, IL 62037-2481
4.5 of 5 bubbles
73 Reviews
Certificate of Excellence 2017
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Very Good
Recent Reviews
Illiopolis, Illinois
Trip type:
Solo travel
The park is BEAUTIFUL!!
Mar 8, 2018
The view at the park is breath taking!!! The colors, sounds, and sights are quite beautiful!!! The park offers a GREAT getaway!!! more »
Nan Uy N
Trip type:
Pere Marquette lodge
Feb 17, 2018
A Hidden Gem. Found a bald eagle package deal and decided to take a drive down to Grafton. What a great time we had. Cant beat the price plus get... more »
Paducah, Kentucky
Trip type:
Friends getaway
Very Peaceful & Relaxing
Feb 8, 2018
It was a very blustery day when we stopped in while driving along the Great River Scenic Highway and the inviting lodge was most welcoming. Even on a cold, windy... more »
Creal Springs, Illinois
Trip type:
Fabulous Lodge!
Jan 28, 2018
We come here quite often to celebrate our anniversary. We drive up the river road and eagle watch along the way. The lodge offers different types of accommodations - cabins,... more »
Susan S
Brookfield, Illinois
Trip type:
Eagle watch excursion
Jan 26, 2018
Very informative staff that took us to various areas to see the eagles. Recommend that you take your own car so that you can leave early if you wish more »
1-5 of 73 Reviews

These reviews are the subjective opinions of individual travelers and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.

© 2018 TripAdvisor LLC