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Pere Marquette State Park

13112 Visitor Center Lane
Grafton, IL 62037
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P: (618) 786-3323
F: (618) 786-3323

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

4.5 of 5 bubbles
78 Reviews
Certificate of Excellence 2018
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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Pere Marquette State Park
13112 Visitor Center Ln, Grafton, IL 62037-2481
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Certificate of Excellence 2018
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Recent Reviews
DuneBug2
Illinois
Trip type:
Family
Nice park
May 10, 2018
We enjoy driving along the River Road and stopping here at Pere Marquette. The lodge has a nice restaurant and my daughter really enjoys the kids activities in the Visitor... more »
Eric I
Trip type:
Couples
Very nice park
Apr 29, 2018
The park is beautiful. There is plenty to do (camping, horse riding, boating, etc.) and a very nice lodge (with excellent fried chicken) to stay at or visit. more »
cwillini
New Lenox, Illinois
Trip type:
Couples
Decent Park to Visit
Apr 6, 2018
My wife and I wanted to go somewhere for my spring break and decided to visit Pere Marquette Park. We were disappointed that there was not much to do in... more »
Babu2773
Chicago, Illinois
Trip type:
Couples
Beautiful views from the trails
Mar 31, 2018
Stop by the visitors' center to pick up a trail map and speak to a ranger to find out about the trails and sites to see. Several trails are offered... more »
Judy T
Saint Louis, Missouri
Trip type:
Couples
Beautiful Lodge and Park
Mar 31, 2018
When driving in the area, my husband and I always, always stop in if not for a drink and meal, but to walk around and admire the view from the... more »
1-5 of 78 Reviews

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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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