PERE MARQUETTE STATE PARK
PERE MARQUETTE STATE PARK -- Grafton, Illinois
A Guide to Area Attractions and Information
All phone numbers are area code 618, unless otherwise specified.
Bray Drug Store State, Jerseyville 498-4513
Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy Carpenter, Jerseyville 498-6461
Prescription Shop State, Jerseyville 498-2323
Walmart Supercenter State, Jerseyville 498-6864
FS Service Station State, Jerseyville 498-2175
Grafton Amoco Main St., Grafton 786-3417
Len’s Marathon State, Jerseyville 498-2419
Manley’s Small Engine Service Sycamore, Grafton 786-2048
Rowling Service Main St., Grafton 786-3618
Rowling Service Station in Grafton can be called for towing and servicing stalled cars.
Senger’s Gas Co. 786-2361
EARLY PARK HISTORY AND NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY
In ancient times, during the Ordovician Period of the Paleozoic Era, a shallow, warm, inland sea covered a vast area from Texas to the Arctic. Most of the continent was submerged. This sea was teeming with life, as evidenced from the many fossils of cephalopods, trilobites, coral, sponges, brachiopods, gastropods, and bryozoans found. During the Silurian Period, the land shifted up and then down, and the sea alternately retreated and covered the land again. The final upheaval brought the land out of the sea to nearly its present level. The movement of the Earth, in combination with thousands of years of erosion, revealed the limestone bluffs along the Great River Road.
All the ridges in Pere Marquette State Park are mantled with loess (pronounced “less”), the windblown dust laid down million years ago during the last Great Ice Age. The vertical banks of yellow clay seen along the road to the upper area are also composed of this material, capped by the black topsoil that supports the present foliage.
Prehistoric use of the park dates back at least 10,000 years. During this time, Native American lifeways changed from nomadic hunters and gatherers to sedentary agriculturists who traded with the Indians at Cahokia, developed pottery with handles, and cultivated corn, beans, and squash. The park has been the subject of numerous archaeological studies, including the present location for the lodge. Prior to its construction in the 1930's and again during the lodge expansion in 1985, archaeologists recovered the remains of a prehistoric habitation site.
The Illini Confederacy occupied the area when Father Jacques Marquette, a French missionary, traveled down the Mississippi River with Louis Joliet in 1673. These European explorers traveled as far as the Arkansas River, where they turned around after learning from the Native Americans that the Mississippi emptied into the Gulf of Mexico, not into the Pacific Ocean as they had hoped. On their return voyage, they traveled by way of the Illinois River, which the Illini told them was a more direct route back to their fort on Lake Michigan.
Today, a monument, in the form of a cross carved out of native dolomite, stands at the point where Father Marquette, Joliet, and five companions came ashore. They were the first European men to see the beauty of Illinois, step onto its land, and produce a written account of what the land was like.
In the 1930's, just over 2,000 acres of land was acquired to create Piasa Bluff State Park, and the Civilian Conservation Corps went to work. They built the lodge with___ guest rooms, ____cabin rooms, the 700 ton stone fireplace, hiking trails, and shelters. They also turned a corn crib built in the mid-1800's into a Visitor Center by adding a roof, floor, and filling in between the logs. It did not take long before popular appeal changed the name to Pere Marquette State Park, in honor of the first European in Illinois.
In the mid-1980's, the lodge was remodeled and expanded. The kitchen was enlarged, and a whirlpool and exercise room were added. It is now a premier lodge and conference center with 50 lodge rooms and 22 cabin rooms. Also, over the past 60 years, the Park has grown in size to over 8,000 acres. In October 1997, construction was completed on a new, more accessible and modern Visitor Center. It houses not only interpretive displays, but also the Site Superintendent’s office, a 50-seat capacity audio/visual room, and a gift shop.
"The Piasa bird is said to have flown over the "Great Father of Waters" thousands of moons before the white man came, when magolonyn and mastodon were still living." The Piasa, or Piusa, means "the bird that devours men" or "bird of the evil spirit". Early drawings depict it as part bird, reptile, mammal, and fish. The colors used in early paintings symbolize war and vengeance (red), death and despair (black), and hope and triumph over death (green).
The original Piasa bird was 40 to 50 feet high on the sandstone strata of the limestone bluffs, incised into the rock and later painted. The most enduring and fascinating legend was written by John Russell in 1836. It begins:
Before the village of the Illini, the mighty river swept to the south, clear and fresh. The surrounding woods were rich with game. The bluffs and the mighty trees shielded the Illini from the harsh winds that sometimes swept in from the north. Their village was a secure and happy place. Chief of the Illini was Ouatoga (Watoga). He was old and had led his tribe in the ways of peace for most of his lifetime. Ouatoga and his people loved their home and their way of life. Then one morning, as the sun began to climb towards the summit of its cloudless sky, terror touched the Illini. The village stirred. A number of younger braves were leaving on an early morning fishing expedition. Some were already on the river in their canoes, others preparing to embark, when suddenly the very earth seemed to shudder with the sound of an alien scream.
Out of the Western sky came a gigantic flying monster. Its body was much the size and shape of a horse; long, white fangs stabbed upward from the protruding lower jaw and flames leaped from its nostrils; two white, deer-like horns angled wickedly from its head. Its huge wings pounded the air with such force the trees bent; its stubby legs held dagger-like talons and its spiked tail wound around the grotesque body three times.
Almost before the braves realized their danger, the beast, soon to be named the Piasa Bird, swooped across the beach and carried one away. From that moment on, the Illini were terrorized by this incredible and blood-thirsty monster. Each morning and afternoon thereafter, the Piasa Bird came, shattering the peace of the village with its blood-chilling screams and the thunderous beat of its wings. More often than not, it returned to its lair with a victim.
The Illini looked to their chief, Ouatoga, for a solution to this menace. Time and time again he had led them through the trials of famine, illness, and the threat of warlike tribes. But Ouatoga felt helpless before this danger and the years weighed heavily upon him. The beast seemed invulnerable. His body was covered with scales, like a coat-of-mail. The best efforts of Tera-hi-on-a-wa-ka, the arrow maker, and the tribe’s finest archers were to no avail.
Then Ouatoga appealed to the Great Spirit. For nearly a full moon he prayed and fasted. Then in a dream he found the answer. The body of the Piasa Bird was not protected under the wings. After offering thanks to the Great Spirit, Ouatoga called the tribe together and devised a plan that could destroy the Piasa Bird. All that day Tera-hi-on-a-wa-ka sharpened arrowheads and painted them with poison while the tribe fasted and prayed. That night, Ouatoga and six of the finest braves crept to the top of the high bluff overlooking the Great Father of Waters. When dawn came only Ouatoga was visible, standing straight and firm in full view. The braves were hidden nearby behind a rock ledge, bows ready.
Suddenly, the scream of the Piasa Bird broke the silence and the winged monster swept into view. Immediately it sighted Ouatoga and with what seemed a shriek of delight, it pounced. As it did, Ouatoga fell to the ground and grasped the strong roots that grew there. The pain of the talons sinking into his flesh inspired him to grip the roots even more tightly. As the Piasa Bird raised its great wings in an effort to carry off its victim, the six braves stepped from their hiding place and shot six poisoned arrows into the unprotected place beneath the beast’s wings. Again and again the bird raised its wings to fly. But Ouatoga held fast and each time six poisoned arrows drove into the bird’s vulnerable spot. Finally, the poison did its job. With a scream of agony, the Piasa Bird released its hold on Ouatoga and plunged down the bluff to disappear forever in the swift waters of the great river.
Carefully, tenderly, the braves carried Ouatoga to his tepee where, in time, he was nursed back to health. Then a great celebration was held in the camp of the Illini. The next day, Tera-hi-on-a-wa-ka mixed paints and, carrying them to the bluff, painted a picture of the Piasa Bird in tribute to the victory of Ouatoga and the Illini. Every time an Indian passed the painting, he shot an arrow in salute to the bravery of Ouatoga and deliverance from the Piasa Bird.
DIRECTIONS TO PERE MARQUETTE STATE PARK
From Chicago - Take I-55 south and proceed as if from Springfield
Take I-57 south to I-72 in Champaign. Follow I-72 west to Springfield. Proceed using directions from Springfield.
From Springfield - Follow I-55 south to Route 16 at Litchfield. Take 16 west to Route 100, about 13 miles west of Jerseyville. Turn left (south) and remain on Rte. 100 for about 9 miles. Pere Marquette State Park will be on your left hand side. The boat ramp and dock entrance is on the right, the Park’s main entrance (also the entrance to the Lodge) is on the left. About 1/4 mile further down on the left is the entrance to the campground.
From St. Louis - Cross the Mississippi River on McKinley Bridge or the Popular Street Bridge. Take Route 3 north to Alton. In Alton, exit to Route 143 (West). Stay on 143 until you pass the Alton Belle Casino on your left. Then follow the signs for the Great River Road (Route 100) to Pere Marquette State Park. Remain on the Great River Road heading west/north for about 20 miles, passing through the town of Grafton and past the Brussels Ferry. The camping entrance for the Park will be the first entrance you come to on the right. Another 1/4 mile further on, the main entrance to the Park and the Lodge will be on the right. The dock and boat ramp entrance will be on the left.
Take I-270 to 367 North and cross the Missouri River, then the Mississippi River on the Clark Bridge. Turn left at the light, and go past the Alton Belle Casino (on your left). Turn left onto Route 100, as above.
Brussels Ferry - This is a free ferry operated by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The ferry takes cars across the Illinois River from Route 100 to Calhoun County. This ferry is located about 4 miles Southwest of Pere Marquette State Park, and it operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Golden Eagle Ferry - This ferry takes vehicles across the Mississippi River between Calhoun County in Illinois and St. Charles County in Missouri. The fee is $4.00 per car. To reach the Golden Eagle from Pere Marquette State Park, take Route 100 Southwest and cross the Brussels Ferry. Follow that road through Deer Plain and continue on until you see a sign pointing you toward the Golden Eagle Ferry. You will turn left off the main road at this point. Continue on until you see the ferry. Operates 5:30 A.M. to 8 P.M. Monday through Friday; 8 A.M. to 9 P.M. weekends and holidays.
Kampsville Ferry - About 25 miles north of Pere Marquette State Park, the Kampsville Ferry takes passengers across the Illinois River to Kampsville in Calhoun County. To reach this free ferry from Pere Marquette State Park, take Route 100 north to Route 16. Follow Route 16 to Eldred Road (also called Hillview Road), and into Eldred. Turn left onto Route 108 in Eldred. It is about another 3 miles to the ferry. Operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Winfield Ferry - Crosses the Mississippi River into Missouri on Route 79. To reach the Winfield Ferry from Pere Marquette State Park, cross the Brussels Ferry and follow signs leading to Route 79 and Winfield, Missouri. Fee per car is $3.50 one way or $6.00 round trip. Ferry operates 5 A.M. to 9 P.M. April through October; 5 A.M. to 8 P.M. November through March; 5 A.M. to 7 P.M. winter hours.
Trailer and Tent Camping
Pere Marquette State Park has Class A trailer camping facilities with electricity at each site, water spigots in the area but not at each site, a sewer dump, and shower building for your use. The cost is $11.00 per night, per site. (Fee includes an $8.00 camping fee and a $3.00 utility fee.) Reservations may be made for 28 of the 80 trailer sites from May 1 through September 30. The fee to reserve a campsite is $5.00 per site. (This reservation fee is non-refundable and does not go toward the camping fee.) The tent camping area has no electricity, but water spigots and a shower building are located in the area for your use. Tent camping cost per night, per site is $8.00. Tent campers may camp in the trailer area for the $11.00 fee, and have the use of an electrical outlet.
During the winter months, the shower building may be closed (usually from mid-December until Spring, call ahead). The camping fee will be adjusted to the lower correct fee if the shower building is closed ($10.00 for site with electricity, $7.00 for tent camping area without electricity).
Effective January 1, 1994, the following is applicable:
---For campsites with access to electricity or showers (Class A & B) - Illinois residents who are 62 or older or have a Class 2 disability* will be charged one-half the regular camping fee on Monday through Thursday and the full camping fee on Friday through Sunday. The utility fee will continue to be paid by everyone.
---For campsites without access to electricity or showers (Class C & D) - Illinois residents who are 62 or older will be charged no camping fee on Monday through Thursday and the full camping fee on Friday through Sunday. Illinois residents who have a Class 2 disability* will not be charged a camping fee any day of the week.
---Resident disabled veterans** and former Prisoners of War will continue to camp free on any day of the week.
* as defined in the Illinois Identification Card Act (ID cards available at Secretary of State offices)
** as defined in the Department of Veterans Affairs Act (ID cards available at Department of Veterans Affairs offices)
Pere Marquette offers two wall tents, erected on permanent wooden floors, for those interested in tent camping. The two tents are located fairly close to the shower building in the trailer camping are, and each site has electricity. The equipment furnished with the tent includes four cots, charcoal grill, picnic table, fire ring, fire extinguisher, broom, dust pan, trash barrel, and a camp light. The cost per Rent-A-Camp tent, per night, is $19.00 ($11.00 camping fee and $8.00 equipment rental fee). Reservations are recommended. To reserve a Rent-A-Camp, the camper must call or send in his name, address, phone number, number in his group, and dates requested, along with the necessary deposit of $8.00 (which is the equipment rental fee only for the first night). If the camper’s choice of dates is open, the reservation will be marked and confirmation will be sent to the camper. If the dates for the Rent-A-Camps are already reserved for another group, the camper will be notified and the deposit returned. The Rent-A-Camps are available for use from April 1 through October 31 of each year.
ORGANIZED GROUP CAMPS
Organized Group Camping
For the purpose of offering quality camping facilities to large organized groups, Pere Marquette operates three organized group camps. Camp Potawatomi accommodates 68 guests. Camp Piasa and Camp Ouatoga will each accommodate 145. All three camps feature fully-equipped kitchens and dining rooms, lighted sleeping cabins, and restrooms with warm showers and flush-toilets. Camps Piasa and Ouatoga also feature outdoor swimming pools. The camps are open from April 15 through the third weekend in October. The charge is $4.00 per night, per person, with a minimum charge per night of $100.00. To apply for a group camp reservation, groups must submit a completed application form. Reservations are allocated by daily lottery, beginning on the first working day in January and continuing for as long as dates are available. To obtain an application or more information about the camps, call the group camp office at 786-3467.
Organized Youth Camping
There is an area away from the main tent and trailer camping area known as the youth camp area, or Duncan Hill. This area can only be used by organized youth groups. The charge for youth groups is $1.00 per night, per person, with a minimum charge of $10.00 per night.
The youth camp area can accommodate as many as 500 people, and provides two pit-type toilets, water, two barbeque shelters, and a small pavilion. Tent camping only is allowed. Reservations can be made for this area. The fee is $5.00 to reserve. With your reservation stating the arrival and departure times, the gate into the area will be opened and ready for your group. Without reservations, the area will be first-come, first-served. For reservations or further information, call the Park office at 786-3323, or write Pere Marquette State Park, P.O. Box 158, Grafton, Il 62037.
LODGE RATES AND INFORMATION
Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center was originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corp in the 1930's, and was recently restored by the Illinois Department of Conservation (now the Department of Natural Resources). Native stone and rustic timbers of the original Lodge blend with the new to provide first class accommodations in an historical setting.
The Lodge has overnight lodging available in 50 luxury guest rooms in the Lodge and 22 rooms in the natural stone cabins. The Lodge has a dining room open to the public from 6:30 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. through the winter. Summer hours are extended Sunday through Thursday until 10:00 P.M. The Lodge also offers a Gift Shop and Cocktail Lounge open to the public. For overnight guests of the Lodge, an inside swimming pool, exercise room, whirlpool, and sauna are provided. Overnight accommodations in a room in the Lodge or cabins for two adults is $75.95 plus tax per night. For one person the fee is $61.95 plus tax per night. Those 17 years of age and younger are free, staying in a room with one or two adults. Check in time is 3:00 P.M.; check out is 12:00 noon. Please check the prices on overnight accommodations, as they may change.
The Lodge Restaurant serves breakfast from 6:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.; lunch from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.; and dinner from 3:00 P.M. to closing. Reservations are taken for groups of six or more through the week. On Saturdays and Sundays reservations will be taken for any amount of people. The Sunday Brunch draws people from all over Illinois and Missouri each Sunday. The buffet is served from 10:30 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. Master Card, Visa, and American Express are accepted.
For further information, reservations, and conference room inquiries, please write to Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center at P.O. Box 429, Grafton, IL 62037, or call 786-2331.
Comfort Inn Crossroads Ct., Alton 800-228-5150
The Corner Nest Bed & Breakfast Elm St., Elsah 374-1892
Green Tree Inn Mill St., Elsah 374-2821
Holiday Inn Homer Adams Pkwy., Alton 800-HOLIDAY
The Homeridge N. State St., Jerseyville 498-3442
Jersey Hollow Motel Market, Grafton 786-3834
Maple Leaf Cottage Inn LaSalle St., Elsah 374-1684
Pere Marquette Lodge Rte. 100, Grafton 786-2331
Ramada Inn Homer Adams Pkwy., Alton 800-2RAMADA
Reubel’s Hotel Main St., Grafton 786-2315
Shafer Wharf Inn Main St., Grafton 786-2499
Super 8 Homer Adams Pkwy., Alton 800-848-8888
McClusky Rd., Jerseyville 800-848-8888
Tara Point Inn and Cottages Box 640, Grafton 786-3555
Wildflower Farm & Inn Springfield St., Grafton 786-3447
HIKING TRAIL INFORMATION
There are approximately 12 miles of hiking trails in Pere Marquette State Park. A large map is located outside the Visitor Center, and a second one is located inside the new Visitor Center, showing the trail system in color codes, for your convenience. Small maps can be obtained from the Park Office or at the Visitor Center. Bikes are NOT allowed on the trails.
The main trails and their lengths are as follows: Dogwood Trail - ˝ mile, Ravine Trail - ˝ mile, Goat Cliff Trail - 1 ˝ miles, Ridge Trail - 1/4 mile, Main Hickory Trail - ˝ mile, Oak Trail - 1/4 mile, Hickory North Trail - 1 mile, Hickory South Trail - 1 1/4 miles, Fern Hollow Trail - 2 ˝ miles, and Rattlesnake Trail - 3/4 mile.
Riding Stable at Pere Marquette
The Riding Stables at Pere Marquette are open from April 1 through October 31 each year, depending on the weather. If there is rain and the trails are slippery, the Stable will be closed. Reservations are recommended. The hours of operation are 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., with the last ride leaving at 6:00 P.M. The first and last rides of the day are by appointment only.
Guided trail rides
cost $15.00 per approximate 50 to 60 minute ride, on every day of the week. Restrictions are NO child under 8 years old can go on a trail ride, and one adult OR child per horse.
will be available for those under 8 years old. The rides will be approximately 15 minutes and cost $3.00 per child.
Hay rides are now available. Hay rides are made by appointment only, year round. The charge is $100.00 per wagon, with a maximum of 20 people per wagon.
For reservations and specific information, contact the sables at 786-2156, or write to Pere Marquette Riding Stables, Grafton, IL 62037.
Equestrian Trail at Pere Marquette
An equestrian trail is provided in the lower area of the park, near the Department of Corrections facility. To use the area, the rider needs to call the Park Office in advance so the Park staff can unlock the gate going into the area. There are times throughout the year when this trail will be closed. A second equestrian trail in the upper area of the park may be available when the main trail is closed, but please call the Park office (786-3323) before driving here.
BIKE TRAIL INFORMATION
The Sam Vadalabene Bike Trail runs from Pere Marquette State Park all the way to the city of Alton, Illinois (approximately 20 miles). The entire trail is paved, and a map is available showing unique and interesting historic sites, restaurants and cafes, and local attractions. The map is available at both the Park Office and the Visitor Center, or by calling the Park Office at 786-3323.
Bike rental is available through the Country Corner Fudge store, Grafton, Il (786-3700). Both hourly and daily rentals are available, including mountain bikes and tandem bicycles. All day rental fee is $10. Master Card, Visa, Discover, and Amex accepted. Call Country Corner Fudge for further information.
Approximately 230 species of birds have been identified within, at the boundaries of, or flying over Pere Marquette State Park during the past 35 years. This information has been accumulated for all seasons of the year by many observers. A checklist was prepared by Helen Wuestenfeld in cooperation with the Division of Natural Heritage of the former Department of Conservation (now Department of Natural Resources). A copy of this checklist is available in the Park office or the Visitor Center. For further information regarding the bird species found in this area, contact Ms. Wuestenfeld at 498-5335.
Pere Marquette State Park also offers birders several optimal locations for observing avian species. Stump Lake is one popular location. Other suitable locations are found throughout the Park, especially the scenic overlooks on the drive through the park, and the shelter at McAdams Peak.
The Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, gets its name from the all white, or ‘bald’, head of the adult bird. Adult eagles are recognized by their white head and tail feathers, the remainder of the body feathers being dark brown. Immature eagles have all brown feathers, which are molted to reveal the white feathers characteristic of the adults at 4 to 5 years of age. Wingspan of an adult eagle is 6 to 7 ˝ feet!
Bald eagles breed primarily in the northern U.S. and parts of Canada, Alaska, and Florida. In the winter, migrations find the birds throughout the continental U.S., Alaska, and southern Canada. The eagles found in this area primarily breed in the upper Great Lakes region, and begin arriving here in November. Peak eagle viewing times at the Park are January and February.
Bald eagle females lay 1 to 3 eggs in a very large nest. Eggs incubate about 35 days before hatching. Adults pair for life, and use the same nest annually. Bald eagles have eyesight 5 to 6 times sharper than humans. They feed primarily on fish, which is why they are dependant on large undisturbed areas of habitat close to rivers and lakes.
In Illinois, Bald Eagles are a Threatened species as defined in the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Act. The good news for the Eagles is that both the federal and state listings of the species have been downgraded from endangered to threatened. Banning of the pesticide DDT has had a large impact on eagle population recovery.
Two birds that may be mistaken for a bald eagle are Turkey Vultures, which migrate out of this area by December, and Golden Eagles, which are a rare sight around here.
Donor Pool - open 1:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. daily
5 and under - free
6-17 - $1.75
over 17 - $2.50
Jefferson, Jerseyville 498-4622
Hardin Pool - open daily 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Monday through Thursday 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
Friday through Sunday evening party rental available
Raging Rivers Water Park - open Memorial Day through Labor Day
Features include a wave-pool, water slides, Tree-House Harbor, Trickle Creek, Itty Bitty Surf City, and the Swirlpool.
Picnic areas available adjacent to parking lot.
1997 schedule of operation:
May 24-26, May 31-June 14, Aug 10-Sep 1 : open 10:30 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.
June 15-Aug 9 : open 10:30 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.
Ticket prices: Adult - $13.95, children (3-8) - $10.95, children (2 and under) - free
Located on the Great River Road (Rte. 100) at 100 Palisades Parkway, Grafton, IL 62037; 786-2345 or 1-800-548-7573.
Senior Citizens (60+) - $6.95
Call for group rates and season pass information.
Parking - $2.00
Regular priced admission reduced $4.00 after 3 P.M. every day.
Royal Landing - This strip of beach along the Illinois River has recovered tremendously after the Flood of ‘93. It is located on Illinois Fish and Wildlife property, and can be reached by crossing the Brussels Ferry into Calhoun County. Once on the other side of the Illinois River, proceed down to where the road makes a right curve. A brown wooden sign on the left hand side of the road (Royal Landing) marks the turn. Follow the left fork of the gravel road straight down to the River. Park in the parking area and get ready to enjoy a lazy day watching the boaters and barges travel down the Mississippi River. The water here remains fairly shallow along the shore and on into the river.
518 South South State, Jerseyville 498-4011
Beasley’s Fresh Fish Main St., Grafton 786-3697
Brainerd’s Village Inn Main St., Grafton 786-2282
Cane Bottom/My Just Desserts Broadway, Alton 462-5881
Country Corner Fudge Main St., Grafton 786-3700
Eckert’s Country Store & Farms Otterville Rd., Grafton 786-3445
Fast Eddies Bon-Air East 4th St., Alton 462-5532
Fin Inn Main St., Grafton 786-2030
Hot Stuff Pizza Main St., Grafton 786-3416
Johnson’s Corner State St., Alton 465-5640
Joshua’s Homer Adams Pkwy., Alton 465-0886
Loading Dock Front St., Grafton 786-3494
Lodge at Pere Marquette Rte. 100, Grafton 786-2331
Moonlight Fosterburg, Alton 462-4620
Muriel’s Cafe Main St., Grafton 786-2233
O’Jan’s Fish Stand Main St., Grafton 786-2229
Pasta House Company E. Center Dr., Alton 463-1200
Ready’s Fish Market Main St., Grafton 786-3535
Tony’s Piasa, Alton 462-8384
Whitman’s Hotel Brussels 883-2345
Pere Marquette State Park offers a variety of picnic areas to meet your needs. Picnic tables can be found on the grounds in front of the newly constructed Visitor Center. Also, picnic tables and grills can be found between the trailer camping area and park office, as well as in the upper area (reached by following the scenic drive through the Park). There is also a playground in the area between the Park office and the trailer camping area for daytime use.
For group events, shelters are available. One is between the Park office and the trailer camping area. The shelter can accommodate 75 or more people and holds 12 picnic tables. There is electricity here, along with three fire pots for your grilling needs. Two new picnic shelters have been built on the lower area (between the Illinois River and Route 100). One of the shelters can accommodate approximately 200 people, the other approximately 25 people.
The shelters can be reserved for $20.00 per day. To reserve, call, write, or come in person to the Park office with the following information: proposed use date, time of arrival, time of departure, number of persons in the group, and the name, address, and phone number of the person responsible for the group. The $20.00 fee is due at this time.
Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first served basis, and can be taken year round. Reservations must be made at least one week prior to the proposed use date, and cannot be accepted for groups under 25 persons. The reservation will be held for one hour past the stated arrival time, at which time the reservation will be canceled. As a courtesy to others, we ask that persons notify the Park office as soon as possible if they are unable to keep their reservation.
When the shelter has not been reserved, it can be used on a first-come, first-served basis at no fee.
CONVENIENCE / GROCERY
Hodge Podge Main St., Grafton 786-3787
Roentz’s Hardware and Convenience Main St., Grafton 786-3524
Grafton Amoco Main St., Grafton 786-3417
ANTIQUES / CRAFTS / GIFTS
1900's Antiques Company Laura Building, Alton 465-2711 or 466-6730
Alton Antique Center Broadway, Alton 463-0888
Alton Landing Antiques Alton St., Alton 462-0443
Alton Landing Framery Alton St., Alton 465-1996
Bev’s Antiques Broadway, Alton 463-1153
Country Corner Main St., Grafton 786-3700
Cracker Factory Mini-Mall Broadway, Alton
Featuring: Antiques & Collectables 462-3656
Jim’s Attic 463-7699
River Bend Replicas 462-8206
Simple Treasures 462-3003
Triple “T” Collectables 462-2449
The Unusual Place 474-2128
Debbie’s Decorative Antiques Broadway, Alton 465-6018
Eckert’s Country Store & Farms Otterville Rd., Grafton 786-3445
Gabriel’s Old Post Office Mall Alby St., Alton 462-8204
from St. Louis 314-839-2612
Golden Eagle Antiques Main St., Grafton 786-3333
Grafton Riverside Flea Market Front St., Grafton 462-8210
Grafton Trading Post Main St., Grafton 786-2366
Granny’s Time Broadway, Alton 462-5440
Heartland Antiques Broadway, Alton 465-6363
Jack’s Collectables 463-0451 featuring Jeanee’s Jewels Broadway, Alton or 463-0422
Jacobs Flea Market Main St., Grafton 786-3689
Jan’s Antique Mall
and Indoor Flea Market Broadway, Alton 465-2250
Jean’s Bright Ideas Main St., Grafton 786-2205
JJ’s Antiques, Collectibles Broadway, Alton Fax 465-3766
Mineral Springs Mall Broadway, Alton
Featuring: Antiques & Collectables 462-3656
Jim’s Attic 463-7699
River Bend Replicas 462-8206
Simple Treasures 462-3003
Triple “T” Collectables 462-2449
The Unusual Place 474-2128
Old Bridge Antique Mall Broadway, Alton 463-9907
Old River Town Trading Co. Main St., Grafton (217)942-5331
Of’ Stone Honey House Main St., Grafton 786-2240
Pierre’s Markette Main St., Grafton 786-3299
Prairie Peddler Antiques State St., Alton 465-6114
Rubenstein’s Antiques Broadway, Alto 465-1306 or 462-5243
Shed Country Crafts Main St., Grafton 786-3769
Sloan’s Antiques Broadway, Alton 463-0808
Steve’s Antiques Broadway, Alton 465-7407
Sutton’s Place Main St., Grafton
This N That Main St., Grafton 786-2279
Variety Resale Shop Main St., Grafton 786-3726
Whispering Willows Main St., Grafton
ORCHARDS / BERRIES
Approximate seasons (not all fruit available at all orchards - call for details):
Red Raspberries mid-June to early July
Blueberries late June to early July
Blackberries mid-July to mid-August
Peaches opens mid-August
Apples September and October
Pumpkins mid-October through November
Christmas trees mid-November through Christmas
Eckert’s Orchard 786-3445
Plummer Berry Farm 786-2109
Joe Ringhausen Orchards 376-6772 or 498-6951
Tom Ringhausen Orchards 576-2311 or 576-9203
Uncle Andy’s Produce Ranch 786-3305
ALTON BELLE CASINO
The Alton Belle Casino is the premiere gaming riverboat on the Mississippi River. The Alton Belle offers slots, video poker blackjack, roulette, and much more. There is also an off-track betting parlor for both thoroughbred and harness racing. The Alton Belle cruises seven days a week. He Alton Landing serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For cruise times and more information, call 1-800-336-7568.
Cassen Brothers Bait Shop, Main Street, Grafton 786-3614
Fishing licenses are available for purchase.
BOAT ACCESS AREAS
MAJOR DOCKS ON MISSISSIPPI OR ILLINOIS RIVER
Covered slips available, transient reservations welcome. #1 Henry St., Alton. For further information, please call 462-9860.
Waverunner and boat rental, and Mid-Rivers Parasailing available. Gas pump available for boats. Located on Front Street, Grafton. 786-8359
Mariner Junction Front St., Grafton
Pere Marquette State Park
Pere Marquette Marina has three launching ramps available to the public, when the area is not flooded. The boat docks will be installed before Memorial Day weekend, if at all possible. Dredging was completed in the Fall of 1996. Courtesy docks are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Boats may be docked for 14 days, but may not be left unattended for more than 24 hours. No electricity is currently available to the docks. Further details may be obtained by calling the Park Office at 786-3323.
Western Boat and Motors, Inc. Piasa Crk., Alton 466-7501
ILLINOIS FISH AND WILDLIFE ACCESS AREAS
Cockerel Hollow at Batchtown Wildlife Management Area (WMA)
Calhoun Point WMA
Pohlman Slough at Calhoun WMA
Royal Landing at Calhoun WMA
Fuller Lake WMA
Hadley Landing at Fuller Lake WMA
Piasa Island WMA
Red’s Landing WMA
Riprap Landing WMA
Stump Lake WMA
Dabbs Road at Stump Lake WMA
Grafton First Baptist Church 786-3379
Sun. School 9:30 A.M.
Sun. Worship 10:45 A.M.
Sun. Evening Worship 6:00 P.M.
Grafton Full Gospel Church 786-3474
Sun. School 9:30 A.M.
Sun. Worship 10:30
Grafton-Rosedale United Methodist Church 786-3572
Sun. Worship 10:45 A.M.
Saint Patrick’ Church Hall 786-2027
Sat. Worship 5:30 P.M.
Sun. Worship 10:15
Jerseyville Coin Laundry & Dry Cleaning Jefferson, Jerseyville 498-6522
Plaza Cleaners and Launderers State , Jerseyville 498-6121
(Prices effective July, 1997. Please call for current rates.)
Alton Municipal Golf Course
Golf Rd., Alton 465-9861
9 holes - $7.50 non-resident cart rental - $8.00
1374 Centennial Rd., Jerseyville 498-3178
9 holes - $8.00 week days $9.00 weekends cart rental $6.00 per person
18 holes - $12.00 week days $13.00 weekends cart rental $10.00 per person
Clover Leaf Golf Course
Fosterburg Rd., Alton 462-3022
9 holes - $6.00 62+ $7.50 weekdays $8.50 weekend $8.00 cart rental
18 holes - $10.00 62+ $13.00 weekdays $15.00 weekend $16.00 cart rental
Rock Springs Golf Course
Rock Springs Park, Alton 465-9898
9 holes - $7.50 non-resident cart rental $4.00 per person or $4.50 if 1 person
Spencer T. Olin Golf Course
4701 College Ave., Alton 465-3111
18 holes - $50.00 weekdays $56.00 weekends before 1:00 P.M.
$46.00 weekends after 1:00 P.M.
Cart rental included in green fees
West Lake Country Club
by reciprocal agreement only
HUNTING AT PERE MARQUETTE
Pere Marquette State Park offers approximately 2,000 acres of public hunting area.
PUBLIC HUNTING AREA
Available game species Seasons Time C.S.T./Bag limits
Squirrel Starts day after Labor Day Statewide regulations
Deer (bow) Statewide season applies Statewide regulations
Deer (shotgun) Statewide season applies Statewide regulations
Turkey (bow) Statewide season applies Statewide regulations
Turkey (shotgun) Statewide season applies Statewide regulations
This area has very good stands of mature oak and hickory timber which provide excellent habitat for squirrel, deer, and turkey. Other game species are limited in population due to lack of winter food in the form of agricultural crops.
1. A check station is present in the area. At the beginning of the hunt, a hunter must sign in. Then, at the end of the hunt, the hunter must check out at the check station by reporting his kill and length of time hunted.
2. Hunting is restricted to that portion of the park posted as open to hunting. NO hunting within 300 yards of any road or private dwelling.
3. All hunting is to be with shotgun or bow and arrow only.
4. When hunting, all vehicles must be parked at designated areas. Driving on fire trails with any vehicle at any time is prohibited.
5. No night hunting.
6. No trapping.
7. No target or trap shooting.
8. It is unlawful to construct or use any tree stand which requires nails, screws, wire, or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree. Any portable stand must have the hunter’s name and address attached to the stand.
For further information, contact the Site Superintendent of Pere Marquette State Park at 786-3323.
GROUP CAMP ARCHERY DEER HUNT
Applications will be accepted until 10:00 A.M. on September 4, 1997, when a random drawing will be held to select successful applicants.
Available areas are: Area #1 - Camp Piasa
Area #2 - Camp Ouatoga
Area #3 - Camp Potawatomi
Available dates are: 1st season - October 27 through November 2, 1997
2nd season - November 3 through November 9, 1997
3rd season - November 10 through November 16, 1997
Only one application per person. One partner will be considered if indicated on the application; however, this will be considered the partner’s official application. If any hunter’s name appears on more than one application, the applications will ve rejected. Five (5) hunters will be allowed in each are for each season. If an area is filled by the successful applicant, the partner will be considered for succeeding choices as indicated on the application.
To be eligible to hunt, you must have in your possession a valid Illinois Archery Deer Permit. Statewide hunting regulations will be in effect, with the following site rules:
1. No hunting will be permitted in the Nature Preserve
2. Tree stands must be portable
3. It is unlawful to possess or consume any alcoholic beverages while hunting in the area
4. Permits are not transferrable.
For further information or an application, please contact the Park office at P.O. Box 158, Grafton, IL 62037 or call 786-3323.
GROUP CAMP AREA TURKEY HUNTING
Rules and Regulations:
1. Only hunters with Pere Marquette State Park permits are eligible to hunt in the Group Camp area. It will be unlawful to use a Pere Marquette Permit to hunt in the Public Hunting Area east of Graham Hollow.
2. No hunting is allowed in the Nature Preserve. Boundaries are marked with signs.
3. No shot size smaller than 7 ˝ or larger than 4 may be used.
4. Daily hunting hours ill be from one-half hour before sunrise until 12:00 noon. Gates to the Group Camp area will be opened by two hours before shooting time during hunting season. Upon completion of hunt, hunters are asked to vacate the area promptly.
5. No hunting will be allowed on Saturdays or Sundays.
6. Only turkey gobblers or bearded hens may be legally taken.
7. All turkey must be checked through the county check station located at Pere Marquette State Park.
8. No hunting is permitted within 100 yards of any main access road, picnic area, or camp site.
10. Scouting is allowed until the start of the first season. During this time, gates to the Group Camps will be closed at 3:30 P.M. daily.
11. All state hunting regulations apply.
12. For more information, contact Pere Marquette State Park at 786-3323 or 786-3467.