Father Marquette National Memorial


Contact Information:

Father Marquette National Memorial
720 Church St.
St Ignace, MI 49781
(906) 643-8620

Additional Information:
Official Park Page

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Father Marquette National MemorialFather Jacques Marquette, a French Jesuit missionary, established Michigan's earliest European settlements at Sault Ste. Marie and St. Ignace in 1668 and 1671. He lived among the Great Lakes Indians from 1666 to his death in 1675. During these nine years, Father Marquette mastered several native languages and helped Louis Jolliet map the Mississippi River.

Today, Father Marquette is recognized as one of the great explorers of the North American continent. On a rise overlooking the Straits of Mackinac, the Father Marquette National Memorial tells the story of that 17th-century missionary-explorer and the meeting of French and Native American cultures deep in the North American wilderness.

Father Marquette National Memorial and Museum is located in Straits State Park and is interpreted in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Attractions include an outdoor interpretive trail, picnicking and a panoramic view of the Mackinac Bridge.


Getting There:
The Father Marquette National Memorial is located at St. Ignace in Straits State Park, just west of I-75 off U.S. 2.