Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton

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Pere Marquette State Park is an 8050acre protected area in southwestern Jersey County, Illinois, United States. It is located near the city of Grafton, Illinois, at the confluence of the Mississippi River and the Illinois River. The park is located on Illinois Route 100, which at this location is also part of both the Great River Road and the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway. The park is operated and maintained by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and is Illinois' largest state park in area. The park is also part of the Confluence Greenway and is at the northwestern end of the 21.5mi Sam Vadalabene Bike Trail.
The park was named in honor of Father Jacques Marquette, a Jesuit priest who was the co-leader, with his comrade Louis Jolliet, of a 1673 voyage of exploration on the Mississippi River. Marquette was the first European to map the mouth of the Illinois River, which he and Joliet used to return from the Mississippi to the Great Lakes.
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  • Despite the snowy weather was able to safety drive along the clearly signposted Scenic Route. This offers wonderful views and a definite connection to nature no matter what time of...  more »
  • We took the tour to see eagles in their winter nesting area. Saw 12 eagles. It was still too warm for the vast number possible. But we were excited to see 12 up close and personal. Our guide, Scott...  more »
  • Beautiful ride on the river road. Went on a Tuesday and thought no one would be there. We were so wrong. We had to wait 45 minutes to get a table The food was excellent though. The waitress told.....  more »
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  • There are nice trails to walk through. Lots of nature. And if you just want to drive there's a scenic route or you can stop and take pictures or just look at the scenery. Very peaceful and spacious. You can spend a lot of time here as there's lots to see. If you leave disappointed from here then you didn't try hard enough.
  • One of the finest walking parks in the midwest, views of the river are unequaled. With a little luck you can spot a Bald Eagle.. amazing. The Lodge is a great place to catch lunch.. relaxed atmosphere.
  • We have been coming to Pere Marquette for 38 years. Each year we gather for a week with families in a very special quiet time. We have loved the cabins and the dining hall and pool and all of the beauty that surrounds us. The state of this Camp is more than distressing. It has nothing to do with the quality of those who are trying to take care of it. It has everything to do with the fact that it is being so poorly funded by the state. Our state needs to understand what a treasure it has in this remarkable place that was originally built by the Civil Conservation Corps in the thirties. It would be used to capacity every summer if it was well-maintained. The state of Illinois needs to get its act together as relates to its beautiful state parks that are State Treasures. Unless the facilities are brought up to acceptable standards this unfortunately maybe the last year our group comes here. It breaks our hearts to see state of this beautiful Campground. Please Illinois pay attention!
  • Great park. Very affordable. Nice staff. I would give them 5 stars but the fresh water pump didn't work and it would be nice if campers could use the pool in the lodge... especially since the river was flooded and you couldn't use it for much.
  • This place is sooo beautiful and quiet. We stayed at the B Campsites for throw up tents and they all had nice fire Rings and super nice soft green grass. The only downside is that if you came to fish the river at night, watch your step, there are so many snakes!
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