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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  • 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 »
  • We enjoyed the scenic drive through the park. We were there when the fall colors were coming in. We really enjoyed the park.  more »
  • 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.

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