Three miles north of Marquette on SR 76, Effigy Mounds National Monument extends 3 miles along the bluffs of the Mississippi River and covers 2,526 acres. The Yellow River divides the tract into two sections. The 206 mounds, some built in the shape of animals and birds, contain the remains of a Native American society that lived in this region between 1,000 and 2,500 years ago. At the visitor center a video and museum explain the history of the mounds.
Fourteen miles of hiking trails traverse the burial mounds and offer exhibits and river views. A 1-mile raised boardwalk allows physically impaired visitors to access the site's wetland environment. To tour all trails allow 6-8 hours. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended. Grounds daily dawn-dusk. Visitor center daily 8-6, Memorial Day-Labor Day; daily 8-5, day after Labor Day to mid-Oct.; daily 8-4:30, early Apr.-day before Memorial Day; daily 8:30-4:30, rest of year. Visitor center closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Ranger talks are given daily, mid-June through Labor Day; phone ahead. Special events and educational programs are held throughout the year. Free. Phone (563) 873-3491, ext. 123.