Pere Marquette State Park


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Pere Marquette State Park


Location:Northwest of Saint Louis, Missouri, near the Illinois community of Grafton, about 20 miles from Alton.
Facilities:80 Class A campsites (2 @di) with electrical hookups, drinking water, and shower access, 2 rent-a-camp cabins, youth camping area, 3 fully-equipped organized group camps (2 have swimming pools); lodge with 50 guest rooms and 22 guest cabins, conference center/meeting rooms, gift shop, dining room, cocktail lounge, indoor swimming pool, whirlpool/saunas, game room, and tennis court; picnic areas, 3 picnic shelters, boat ramps and docks, hiking trails (12 miles), equestrian trails (20 miles), horse rentals, and bike trail (20 miles, paved); visitor center with 300-gallon aquarium, exhibits, and displays.
Activities:Camping, boating, fishing, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, bird watching, hunting, interpretive programs.
Special Features:The park overlooks a wide expanse of the Mississippi River and is famous for the exceptional beauty of its fall colors and, during winter, for its bald eagles. The park was named for Father Jacques Marquette, a French Jesuit missionary who, in 1673, was among the first group of Europeans to reach the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. A large stone cross stands just east of the park entrance commemorating the historic landing.
Address:Rt 100 , PO Box 158
Grafton, IL 62037

Phone:618-786-3323
Web: dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/PARKS/R4/Peremarq.htm
Size: 8,000 acres.

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Pere Marquette State Park lies within the Driftless Section of the Middle Mississippi Border Natural Division (T6N, R13W, Sec.
Land purchases for the establishment of Pere Marquette State Park began in 1932.
Fire suppression was practiced at Pere Marquette State Park and none of the hill prairies are known to have burned during the forty year period from 1932 until 1972.
The hill prairies at Pere Marquette State Park were among the first sites burned when the Illinois Department of Conservation (Now the Department of Natural Resources) began its prescribed burning program in 1973.
This study of hill prairies at Pere Marquette State Park suggests that other vegetation changes are occurring along with fragmentation and woody invasion, including changes in the density of grasses and wildflowers and species loss (McClain et.
Vascular plant species encountered on two loess hill prairies at the Pere Marquette State Park, Jersey County, Illinois are listed alphabetically by family under the major plant groups.
Photodocumentation of the loss of hill prairie within Pere Marquette State Park, Jersey County, Illinois.
24-25 include miles of beautiful running trails along the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway from Alton to Pere Marquette State Park, the home of one of the toughest trail runs in the Midwest; the final Alton Block Party, a street festival featuring live music and food in downtown Alton; and, just in time for Halloween, guided ghost tours through the McPike Mansion and Mineral Springs Mall, which have earned Alton the title as "One of the Most Haunted Small Towns in America.
The first Internet kiosk already has been installed in Pere Marquette State Park - one of Illinois' premier park and camping locations - which has comprehensive lodging accommodations and even conference facilities.
McClain (1983) documented the loss of sixty-two percent of the area of five hill prairies at Pere Marquette State Park, Jersey County, Illinois.
The 385-mile ride concludes September 18 at Pere Marquette State Park in Grafton.
The final day takes riders on a ferry ride across the Illinois River and then into Pere Marquette State Park in Grafton for a Jimmy Buffet-themed dinner complete with entertainment and fireworks.