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Pere Marquette State Park

13112 Visitor Center Lane
Grafton, IL 62037
(618) 786-3323 PHONE
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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 Rendezvous

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

Pere Marquette Rendezvous

September 10, 2017
10:00am to 4:00pm

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wjbcqeagle
Florissant, Missouri
Trip type:
Family
Pere Marquette for VPB's 70th
Aug 16, 2017
My wife, her daughters, sons-in-law, granddaughters, and I came to Pere Marquette State Park to celebrate Virginia's 70th birthday. It was a Minnie Mouse themed party, and we enjoyed food... more »
gillson004
Hartford, Illinois
Trip type:
Couples
Camping trip
Aug 6, 2017
Beautiful, quiet and not to far from Grafton or the Brussels ferry. Tent and rv sites available. They also have cabins for rent, reservations are required. Playground and picnic areas... more »
Joe M
Golden, Colorado
Trip type:
Couples
Brief visit
Jul 30, 2017
We drove up from Grafton to see if we'd like to stay at the State Park during a future visit. We stopped by the lodge and remain interested in a... more »
Earl C
Wentzville
Trip type:
Couples
Nice State Park
Jul 24, 2017
This is a very nice park that has a lot of hiking trails through out it. They range from easy to difficult. The hikes have some very beautiful look out... more »
momsquad4
Quincy, Illinois
destination wedding
Jul 11, 2017
Park is right behind the lodge. Take the time to drive up through the park. You go up in elevation, so you can see forever on clear day. Make sure... more »
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