Father Marquette National Memorial

Located in the southeastern end of Michigan's remote Upper Peninsula near the Mackinac Bridge, the Father Marquette National Memorial honors the life of Father Jacques Marquette. In the late 1600s, this French explorer founded a mission in the territory that would become Michigan, serving the local colonists and building relationships with the local Native American tribes. The memorial — which is located inside Straits State Park — takes you through the fascinating and adventurous life of this brave priest, offering insight into his adventures in the Great Lakes and Mississippi River regions.

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Father Marquette National Memorial

The Father Marquette National Memorial itself is small, but Straits State Park and the surrounding area have plenty to offer. Explore the park on two different trails, head to the lake for a bracing swim, and take in the views of the spectacular Mackinac Bridge. St. Ignace has a bustling tourist trade, so you'll find plenty of dining and shopping opportunities within a short drive.

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How To Get To Father Marquette National Memorial

Father Marquette National Memorial is located inside Straits State Park. If you're coming from the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, take I-75 north and take Exit 344 B. Head west on Highway 2; after 0.5 miles, turn south on Boulevard Drive. If you're coming from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, take US-2 east to St. Ignace and turn south on Boulevard Drive. Park in the Straits State Park parking lot and walk to the memorial.


592 Boulevard Dr, St Ignace, MI 49781

Fee: Entry fee (per vehicle, Michigan resident) $5.0

Fee: Entry fee (per vehicle, non-Michigan resident) $9.0

The Father Marquette National Memorial is the perfect spot to discover the unique history of northern Michigan and the Great Lakes region. Whether you're camping nearby or passing through, the monument and the beautiful Straits State Park make an engaging stop for adults and children. An RV is the perfect way to enjoy the monument and camp in the surrounding wilderness any time of year.