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Pere Marquette State Park

13653 Lodge Boulevard, Grafton, IL 62037

State Parks & National Forest

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 and the largest state park in Illinois.

Fishing tournaments, trail runs, archery competitions, road races and off-road cycling events have all been hosted here while utilizing the Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center. A class-A campground has 80 sites and several rent-a-cabins available on-site as well.

The Sam Vadalabene Bike Trail runs 20 miles from the park entrance to the City of Alton's Riverside Park along one of the most scenic roads in America, perfect for a road race or marathon.

Over 12 miles of hiking/running trails and another 20+ miles of equestrian trails snake through the park from the waterfront to the top of the bluffs that have been used for trail runs and other endurance competitions.

The park harbor features launching ramps and courtesy docks that allow for direct access to the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers for boating and fishing events and the surrounding green space makes for a perfect outdoor venue.

What's happening nearby...

Grafton Music in the Park

The Grove Memorial Park •  May 30 – Aug 29 @ 7PM

From May 23 to August 22, enjoy the annual Grafton concert series Music in the Park!

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Pere Marquette Riding Stables


Pere Marquette State Park offers nearly 20 miles of equestrian trails.

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