Pere Marquette State Park
Pere Marquette State Park is one of the
starting points (along with Alton) of the Sam
Vadalabene Bike Trail. This 20-mile paved biking and hiking trail
parallels the Mississippi River, the Illinois River, and the Meeting of the
Great Rivers Scenic Byway. It is known for its scenic views along with
plenty of attractions and amenities. But the Vadalabene Trail isnít the
only option open to bikers in the area. For more details check out the
page at greatriverroad.com.
Anglers can fish for bluegill, carp,
catfish, crappie, drum, largemouth and white bass in the
River that runs adjacent to Pere Marquette State Park. Nearby fishing sites
include the Mississippi River State
Fish and Wildlife Area and the Two
Rivers National Wildlife Refuge. In addition, anglers can be seen along
the banks of the Mississippi River and at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam.
An Illinois fishing license is required unless you are fishing on the
Mississippi River, where a Missouri license is also acceptable. If you
don't have a current license, see the
Area Services page or buy a license online at the IDNR
Pere Marquette has launching ramps with
ample parking that provide access to the Illinois River. In addition there are many other launching
ramps and marinas in the area that provide access to the Mississippi and
Illinois rivers as well as backwater lakes and sloughs. For more details check out the
Launches page at greatriverroad.com.
Picnic areas are located throughout the park, with
tables, grills and trash containers provided. Three picnic shelters are
available, and may be reserved. A $20 fee is required to reserve shelters.