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Pere Marquette State Park Info

Visitors Center Hours: 

                               Monday - Saturday 9:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.

A nature-lovers paradise, this 8,000 acre park is famous for the exceptional beauty of its fall colors and for its bald eagles during the winter.  In addition to enjoying the spectacular view of the Illinois River and its backwaters from several points atop the bluffs, visitors can take advantage of a variety of year-round recreational opportunities.

The history of the park goes back to 1931 when civic groups raised money to preserve this land for a State Park.  It has grown into the largest State Park in the State of Illinois. The Lodge was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Today, native stone and rustic timbers of the original Lodge blend with the new to provide first class accommodations in an historical setting.


Visitors Center can be reached by calling 618-786-3323 X 1

Pere Marquette State Park information available at:

Lodge information available at: 618-786-2331 or 618-786-3323 Ext 2.


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--Margaret Mead
13112 Visitor Center Lane, Grafton, IL 62037