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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.

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Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park

December 28, 2017
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park

December 29, 2017
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park

January 19, 2018
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park

January 22, 2018
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park

January 26, 2018
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park

January 27, 2018
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park

January 29, 2018
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park

January 30, 2018
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park

February 01, 2018
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park

February 02, 2018
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park

February 03, 2018
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park

February 05, 2018
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park

February 06, 2018
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park

February 08, 2018
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park

February 09, 2018
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park

February 23, 2018
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park

February 26, 2018
8:30am to 2:00pm

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park

March 01, 2018
8:30am to 2:00pm

Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair

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

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13112 Visitor Center Ln, Grafton, IL 62037-2481
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Recent Reviews
Gary H
Alton, Illinois
Trip type:
Couples
Worth the Time
Nov 10, 2017
The scenic views from the park are fantastic. There are hiking trails if you prefer but you can just drive up through the park and enjoy awe inspiring views from... more »
Sbams1
Saint Louis, Missouri
Trip type:
Couples
Best views ever!
Oct 15, 2017
It's fun to drive around the hills of the park because there are various stops along the way to get out and soak up the view. more »
sdisney
Saint Louis, Missouri
Trip type:
Couples
Definitely a great place to visit.
Oct 11, 2017
My wife and I spent a week camping at this State Park. Excellent campground and wonderful Camp Hosts. The Lodge (built by the CCC) is rustic and a wonderful restaurant.... more »
52761
USA
Trip type:
Couples
Worth a Visit.
Sep 13, 2017
We took the time to drive through the park and get out at the overlooks. We were mostly the only ones, and this was on a Saturday afternoon in August.... more »
LisaLWH2
Trip type:
Couples
Fantastic State Park
Sep 10, 2017
This is a friendly state park that's much larger than it appears from the road. Well located along between the river and bluffs on the Great River Road. If you... more »
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