Goat Yoga, July 17th (Sunday) at 9:30am and 11am Yoga and the beauty of Pere Marquette State Park…what could be better? Goats. Goats will make it better! Our friends at Goat Yoga of Southern Illinois will be here leading 2 yoga classes with their cuddly kids (goat joke)! Choose between a 9:30am or a 11am […]


Annual Wine Festival, November 13th (Sunday) from 12pm-4pm Our Annual Wine Festival is back again! We’ll drink to that! Participants will have the opportunity to sample dozens of wines from around the world and are challenged to find their favorite at this giant wine tasting event. As a festival goer, you will receive a Pere […]

Fall into Fall Package

Celebrate the arrival of fall and all it’s bright colors with this inclusive weekday getaway! Our “Fall into Fall” Package includes dinner and breakfast off of a select menu, two drink vouchers, and your room all for just $125 plus tax! That’s right! Meals, drinks, and your room for just $125 plus tax! Based on double […]

Your Perfect Fall Day at the Lodge

Looking for a fall adventure but not sure where to go or what to do? We’re here to help! We have mapped out the perfect fall day here at Pere Marquette Lodge. Of course, you can substitute activities and change times to best fit your needs! Are you ready for beautiful, memorable day? by Sierra […]

Hunting the Great Morel

The days are getting warmer and it will soon be time again to grab that mesh bag and begin the yearly trek to your secret mushroom sweet spot. Mushroom season is upon us and while those who have grown up in the tradition of hunting these delicacies are prepared, these tips are for the beginners. […]

Midwest Living Magazine Highlights Pere Marquette Lodge

Great State Park Stays: Illinois’ Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center Climb past the lush valley retreat to reach the Illinois River bluffs when you stay at Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center. Since the 1930s, the 50-foot limestone fireplace at Pere Marquette State Park’s lodge has stood as a source of warmth. A young […]

Celebrating 75 Years of History

Pere Marquette Lodge 1940-2015 The birth story of Pere Marquette Lodge is the story of a country in turmoil in a time when 1/4th of the population was out of work.  In 1932, Americans placed their bets on the New York Governor, Franklin D. Roosevelt, by electing him as the President of a country in the […]

The Ultimate St. Louis Day Trip

It’s a beautiful day and I am just not in the mood to do that housework that seems to never stop calling my name.  It’s time for a miniature escape, a day trip close to St. Louis that won’t bend my pocket book into an unrecognizable shape. If you are anything like me, this little […]

Four Rivers Fabric Art at Pere Marquette Lodge

The Four Rivers Fabric Art hangs in the center of the Great Room at Pere Marquette State Park Lodge.  Consisting of 4 large hangings, the piece depicts the world of nature surrounding the Park and the Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio Rivers. Celebrated artist and art professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, M. Joan Lintault, […]

A Leaf Peeper’s Paradise

My favorite fall getaway that’s close to St. Louis One of the most fantastic things about living in the Midwest is fall. From the vibrant leaves in reds, oranges, and yellows, to campfires and hoodies, autumn is beautiful. I can hardly wait for summer to slowly fade into a cooler fall. To me, it’s the […]