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Plan Your Visit

Visit CanoeThe refuge provides opportunities to hike, watch wildlife at the Bellrose Waterfowl Reserve and hunt rich wetlands and bottomland forests. Four boat ramps also provide access to the Cache River to fish, boat and canoe.

Visitors should stop by the refuge office located on the Shawnee Community College Campus at 137 Rustic Campus Drive, Ullin, IL. The office is open Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., phone: 618-634-2231. 

Another destination stop includes the Cache River Wetlands Center operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The Center is open Wednesday - Sunday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and located at 8885 State Route 37, Cypress, IL, phone 618-657-2064. 


When planning a trip to the refuge, it is important to wear appropriate footwear for canoeing, sturdy shoes for land excursions and to dress for the weather. Consider bringing water, food, binoculars, field guides, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and anything else that might make the outdoor experience more enjoyable. 


Getting Here 

The refuge is located in the southernmost portion of Illinois with lands located in Alexander, Johnson, Pulaski and Union Counties. The refuge office is located at 137 Rustic Campus Drive, Ullin, IL 62992, on the campus of Shawnee Community College (nine miles east of Ullin, IL). Contact (618)-634-2231. 


Last Updated: Aug 28, 2012
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