UPDATE: 7/1/2020 - The Visitor Center is closed until further notice.
Opened in 1997, the Pere Marquette Visitor Center is situated just north of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers confluence in Grafton and should be the first stop when visiting the park. When you walk into the Visitor Center you are greeted with a three-dimensional map of the park and wealth of other displays and exhibits focusing on the Illinois River, wildlife habitat, local history and geology.
Visitor Center Hours:
Monday-Saturday 8 A.M. -3:30 P.M.
Visitor Center will be closed on
Thanksgiving Day & Friday after Thanksgiving
New Years Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Trail maps are available inside the center and will soon be available at trail heads. Park staff will be on hand to explain the trail system and give trail advice during normal office hours. Several informational park videos are highly recommended and available for viewing in the Audio/Visual room of the Visitor Center. Pere Marquette: The Park by the River, A story of Hope: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Illinois, Where Eagles Soar, Dinky (historic rail car footage), and Resource Conservation.
Free guided hikes to McAdams Peak and Twin Peaks are available from the third Saturday in June through the third Saturday in October. These hikes will leave the Visitor Center promptly at 9 A.M. and will return by 11 A.M. Severe weather may cause cancellation of these hikes.
Schools and Scout groups may arrange reservations for a guided hike on the parks history and geology to McAdams Peak and Twin Mounds Peak. Please contact the park office Monday through Friday at 1-618-786-3323, or email Kayla.Alexander@illinois.gov.
Binoculars are available for rent (FREE!) with a state issued I.D. at the front desk of the Visitor Center.
Bald Eagle Days Video