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Pere Marquette State Park

All events listed are free of charge unless otherwise indicated.
For more information call 618-786-3323 ext 1.


Every winter Pere Marquette State Park and the surrounding area plays host to to our national bird, the Bald Eagle. A Park Site Interpretive Program Coordinator will be presenting informative programs about these magnificent creatures. Visitors will learn to distinguish between immature and mature eagles, what they eat, why they winter in the area and more. Each program begins at 8:30 am at the Parkís Visitor Center. There will be a lecture and a short video presentation followed by an observational drive. Be sure to dress warmly and have a full tank of gas. Binoculars are highly recommended but not essential as the Park brings along a spotting scope. These programs are very popular and reservations are required, which can be made by calling 618-786-3323. If you are among the first to sign up for any given day, you have the option of riding in the Parkís van with the staff. Bald Eagle's aren't the only birds to be seen on these trips. Participants might spot the Great Blue Heron, Canadian Geese, Wild Turkeys and the Pileated Woodpecker, making this a recommended trip for birders.

Reservations begin November 15th.

2014 - 2015 Dates

December Dates
Friday, December 19
Monday, December 22

January Dates
Thursday, January 8
Friday, January 9
Friday, January 16
Monday, January 26
Wednesday, January 28
Friday, January 30

February Dates
Tuesday, February 3
Wednesday, February 4
Friday, February 6
Tuesday, February24
Thursday, February 26

March Dates
Monday, March 2


Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center is the host of a variety of fun family events throughout the year.
For information about events at the Lodge please call 618-786-2331 ext 338.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

2 pm - 5 pm
Join in on the fun at the Mary Michelle Winery Tasting Room the second Saturday of each month and enjoy appetizers and wine tasting! This month's featured wine is White Haute Riesling! Free for Wine Club Members. Not a Wine Club Member? No worries! It is easy to join and includes all kinds of benefits like discounts on lodging, dining and, of course, wine! $20 for a lifetime membership which includes a free commemorative Pere Marquette Lodge Wine Glass!


Sunday, January 25, 2015
11 am - 3 pm
Come out to Pere Marquette Lodge where you can not only be personally introduced to our nation's most majestic symbol, but also shop our unique vendor booths, grab a bite in the restaurant and enjoy time with friends and family. The festival will feature live music and entertainment by the World Bird Sanctuary as they showcase the Bald Eagle and several other raptor species in their Masters of the Sky Show at show at noon and again at 1:30 p.m. Show up a little early and meet a Bald Eagle up close and personal!
Free to the event, Masters of the Sky Show tickets are $3

The area has events in all seasons including fairs, festivals, reenactments, biking, and walking events, and more! Check out our Calendar of Events pages for details.

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