Pere Marquette State Park near Grafton is the host of many events during the year, but one of the more popular times to visit is the fall. While the season officially begins September 22, planners have already lined up events starting this weekend and then a full schedule is on the calendar for next month. All the events are free to attend.
Site Interpreter Scott Isringhausen says while this past summer's drought will likely dampen the colors on the trees this fall, he expects the park will still be a popular place for day trips and camping. This Saturday, there are two events planned, including a nature hike starting at 8:30am:
The trails are open to the public at anytime. Following the hike, there will be an informal volleyball game for anyone who wants to play in front of the lodge. In October, there will be additional hikes, an Owl Program every Friday night, and a few fall color tours. For a schedule of events, call the park office at 618-786-3323 or follow the link below:
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