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Middle Mississippi River Visitor Center

Directions, Address & Contact Info

Contact Information:

Phone: 618-763-4420
V/TTY: 800-526-0844

Address:
1393 Rocky Hollow Road
Rockwood, IL 62280

E-mail: middlemiss@fws.gov

Phone numbers for individuals with hearing difficulties:
1-800-526-0844 (TTY)
1-877-526-6680 (ASCII)
1-800-526-0857 (voice)
1-877-526-6690 (speech to speech)
1-877-526-6670 (Telebraille)
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Directions:
The refuge headquarters and visitor contact station are located along the Great River Road near the village of Rockwood, Illinois, in Randolph County. Normal office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The visitor contact station is closed on weekends and all federal holidays.

From Missouri:
Take Exit 129 off of Interstate 55 at Perryville. Travel east on State Route 51, crossing over the Mississippi River near Chester, Illinois. Take a right at the stop sign and travel south on Illinois State Route 3, through the town of Chester. Continue south for approximately 7 miles and turn left on Rocky Hollow Road. Travel less than 0.2 miles and turn left into the headquarter drive.

From Illinois:
Travel south on State Route 3 from Chester, Illinois for approximately 7 miles. Take left on Rocky Hollow Road. Travel north less than 0.2 miles and turn left into the headquarters drive.
 

Points of Interest

Witness the spring and fall migration of songbirds from the viewing deck, nestled along the Great River Road and surrounded by oak hickory forests. White-tailed deer and wild turkey occasionally visit. This is a great location to view pollinators and butterflies in spring and early summer.

Wilkinson Island, a local songbird hotspot, is located just 9 miles south, in Jackson County, Illinois. This area offers an opportunity to see a pair of bald eagles as well as a chance to traverse the 2.5-mile trail through floodplain forest. A short trip down the Great River Road, following the Degognia Fountain Bluff levee, will have you embracing scents of dogwood and buttonbush while indigo buntings and prothonotary warblers flash about providing their tapestry of color to the sky.

Harlow Island, in Jefferson County, Missouri, offers opportunities to hear yellow-billed cuckoos and is a sanctuary for waterfowl. In less than an hour from the refuge visitor center, a visitor can access the area by exiting Interstate 55 at OO/DD, right towards State Highway 61. Turn left on Highway 61 and follow the signs to the Truman Park Boat Ramp.
 

Know Before You Go

All seven divisions of the Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge are frequently flooded affording big river fishes access to the Missouri and Illinois floodplain. It is important to check the Mississippi River stage at the Chester, Illinois gauge before heading to the refuge as most of our divisions become inaccessible by land beginning at a river stage of 25 feet. Visit or call the refuge to get current conditions. Always stay hydrated, wear appropriate clothing, convey your outdoor adventure plans to friends and family, and pack sunscreen and insect repellant.
 

Last Updated: Aug 07, 2012
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