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Pere Marquette State Park

13112 Visitor Center Lane, Grafton IL 62037 | 618-786-3323
Great Rivers and Routes Tourism Bureau

Pere Marquette State Park, Illinois’ largest state park, offers a variety of recreational opportunities along with spectacular views of the Illinois River and its backwaters from atop the bluffs. The presence of around 230 species of birds makes bird watching popular, hotspots include Stump Lake, the river bottoms, McAdams Peak, and scenic overlooks along the roadway. A large boat ramp, with ample parking, provides access to the Illinois River, its backwaters, and the Mississippi River beyond. Anglers will enjoy fishing for bluegill, carp, catfish, crappie, drum, largemouth bass, and white bass. Rustic camping is available, including 80 sites with electric only, tent sites, and group camping. Other lodging opportunities include the Pere Marquette Lodge rooms and cabins. The park contains 12 miles of hiking trails for various abilities, 20 miles of equestrian trails, access to the 20-mile, paved Sam Vadalabene bike trail, and is now open for rock climbing. A public hunting offers excellent habitat for squirrel, deer, turkey, and more. The park is a hot spot for fall foliage drives in autumn and Bald Eagle viewing in winter. Tours of the bluffs and woods allow visitors to get an up close look at bald eagles along the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.


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