About the Refuge
The Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge is located in southernmost Illinois within the Cache River Watershed. The refuge was established in 1990 under the Emergency Wetlands Resource Act of 1986 to protect, restore and manage wetlands and bottomland forests that provide habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds, resident wildlife and endangered and threatened species.
0137 Rustic Campus Drive
Ullin, IL 62992
Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge is located in southern Illinois just north of the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Approximately 16,000 acres of the 35,320 acres delineated within the refuge boundary have been purchased. The refuge provides valuable habitat for a diversity of waterfowl and other migratory birds, resident wildlife, and endangered and threatened species. It is also part of a larger 60,000 acre boundary delineated by the Cache River Wetlands Joint Venture Project. To date, approximately 35,000 acres have been protected and are managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and The Nature Conservancy (Grassy Slough Preserve).
Our Primary Purposes
- Protect, restore and manage wetlands and bottomland forest habitats in support of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan
- Provide resting, nesting, feeding and wintering habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds
- Protect endangered and threatened species and their habitats
- Provide for biodiversity
- Protect a National Natural Landmark
- Increase public opportunities for compatible recreation and environmental education