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Pere Marquette State Park

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Pere Marquette State Park is the largest of the Illinois State Park system. Located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, it offers numerous recreation opportunities and camping. Explore limestone bluffs layered with sea fossils and a vast network of streams, forest and prairie. A few trails lead to top of McAdams Peak where you can see a remnant of native hill prairie. At 791-feet you will be rewarded with great river views, surrounding hills and Indian burial grounds. Cyclists can take advantage of the 20-mile paved Sam Vadalabene Bike Trail which runs from here to the city of Alton. Or enjoy horseback riding, boating and fishing for bluegill, carp and whitebass and more. The park is also known as a seasonal home to wintering bald eagles. From December to February, take part in eagle watching and educational programs. Visit the Pere Marquette Lodge, hand-built by the Civilian Conservation Corps between 1933-1939. Relax around the 700-ton stone fireplace, which dominates the lobby or sample wine at the Mary Michelle Winery in the Lodge.

13112 Visitor Center Lane
Grafton, IL
(618) 786.3323


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