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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.

Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair

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

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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Pere Marquette State Park
13112 Visitor Center Ln, Grafton, IL 62037-2481
4.5 of 5 bubbles
49 Reviews
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Very Good
Recent Reviews
Aaron R
Trip type:
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
Trip type:
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 »
Trip type:
Hiking and some bird watching
4 of 5 bubbles Apr 5, 2017
Rented a cabin and could walk right out and be on the trails. While not along the river, the trails offered great views and were pretty steep in places. Would... more »
Catherine C
Cumming, Georgia
Trip type:
Friends getaway
4 of 5 bubbles Mar 31, 2017
Drove up in early evening for dinner at the restaurant. Sitting on the patio looking at the river and watching the sun going down was great!! Perfect weather for February!!... more »
Jerry F
Highland, United States
Trip type:
50th Anniversary
5 of 5 bubbles Mar 26, 2017
The rooms are very clean and spacious; the staff was great, and the food was delicious...Great experience right in our own back yard. more »
1-5 of 49 Reviews

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