- It is Illinois' largest state park in area, which is 8,050 acres.
- Park is named after Father (or Pere) Jacques Marquette, who led a 17th century exploration of the Mississippi River.
- The park was founded in 1931 as the Piasa Bluffs State Park, but was later renamed to its current name.
- Besides the lodge (which was built in the 1930s and has since expanded), there are other rich parts of the park, including 12 miles of walking trails.
- Animals that are found at the park are several different species of birds, deer and many others. Bald eagles are often seen there as well.
- Several events are held here throughout the year, including some at the winery as well as small festivals, and parasailing.
|The entrance sign|
|Sign at the lodge|
|The statue of Jacques 'Pere' Marquette|
|Front of the lodge|
|Statue of Mother Nature|
|Top of the cake|
|Left side of the cake|
|Right side of the cake|
Pere Marquette State Park Wikipedia link
13653 Lodge Blvd., GRAFTON, IL, 62037
Cake artist: Katherine Nelson
UPDATE (9/4/2016): The cake is still there.