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Visit Canoe

The refuge provides opportunities to hike, watch wildlife, and hunt rich wetlands and bottomland forests. Four boat ramps also provide access to the Cache River to fish, boat and canoe.

What to Know Before You Go 

Visitors are welcome to 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.

Remember 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.

Please review the Refuge Hunting and Fishing brochure for area regulations and prohibited activities. This brochure also includes a map of Refuge ownership.

Attractions/Points of Interest 


    Hickory Bottoms Trail 
    Limekiln Springs Trail

Boat Ramps 

    Cache Bend Access 
    Old Cache Channel Access 
    Cache Levee Access 
    Lower Cache Access

Viewing Platforms 

    Bellrose Overlook

Inaccessible Areas
Bellrose Waterfowl Reserve is closed to the public; however the Bellrose Overlook Platform provides a view of the grounds and is open to the public. Please rely on regulatory signs in the field to identify prohibited areas.

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.


Refuge Office on Google Maps 


Refuge Brochure

Last Updated: Aug 27, 2014
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