Live Eagle Cam! See a live view of an active Bald Eagle's nest at the visitor center. A pair of eagles has returned to a local nest, where they are currently spending several hours a day. A nature-lover's paradise, this 8,000-acre park is famous for the exceptional beauty of its fall colors and for its bald eagles during the winter. In addition to enjoying the spectacular view of the Illinois River and its backwaters from several points atop the bluffs, visitors can take advantage of a variety of year-round recreational opportunities, including horseback riding, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, and boating. Pere Marquette's Visitor Center, opened in October 1997, welcomes you with a three-dimensional map of the park and wealth of other displays and exhibits concerning the Illinois River, wildlife habitat, local history, and geology.

hiking
14 days ago

The state park here has many options to choose from if you want a shorter hike. I took the trails that ended up being just over 6 miles. There are two inclines that just kicked my butt, mind you it was 115* heat index that day. Overall the trail was challenging and fun. Trail was also marked well.

One thing I wanted others to be aware of is that there are no outdoor fresh water sources or any water along the trails! I took my dog with me, packed over 2L of water and it wasn't nearly enough! My poor dog was dying by the time we reached the end, so I may or may not have let her go swimming in the coy pond. Lol. You can get fresh drinking water inside the visitor center.

easy... explorative... lush