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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 Footpower page at


Anglers can fish for bluegill, carp, catfish, crappie, drum, largemouth and white bass in the Illinois 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 website.


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 Public Boat Launches page at


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.
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