There are lots of fun, interesting and educational things you can do on the refuge. Keep in mind, if an activity is not wildlife related and doesn't help in the protection or understanding of wildlife or their habitat, there are probably refuge rules governing this activity. Please check with the refuge management before participating in an activity that could harm the environment or yourself. There are plenty of activities on Great River National Wildlife Refuge for you to enjoy. Be safe and have fun!
Great River National Wildlife Refuge is open to public use during daylight hours only. Refuge hunting and fishing regulations are in accordance with Missouri and Illinois state seasons and regulations, with a few exceptions specific to the refuge. For more information on limited activities, please check the Public Use Regulations brochure or call the refuge before your visit.
• Off road vehicle use is prohibited.• Bicycling and hiking are allowed on Refuge roads unless otherwise posted. • Berry and mushroom gathering are permitted for personal consumption only. These items shall not be used for any commercial use. • Pets must be on a leash, except when used for the purpose of hunting where hunting is allowed.• Collection of shed antlers on the refuge is prohibited• Camping, trapping, and the taking of turtles or frogs are prohibited on the Refuge.
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Bald eagles live throughout the continental United States. Their ideal habitat is mature forest with clearings, near water with abundant fish and waterfowl. They truly have “eagle eyes” and can spot moving prey almost a mile away.