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About the Refuge

About the Refuge

Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge serves as an important stopover for hundreds of thousands of ducks and geese each fall. Bald eagles are commonly found on the refuge along with these migrating waterfowl.

The refuge was established in 1958 to protect and enhance habitat for migratory birds. Located between the Mississippi River and Illinois River, the refuge encompasses 9,225 acres of riverine and floodplain habitat scattered around the confluence of the rivers. The mosaic of wetlands, open water, bottomland forests and prairies provides habitat for numerous mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish and nearly three hundred bird species. The refuge offers opportunities for hiking and biking trails, canoeing and kayaking on Swan Lake, bank fishing, and family friendly programs and events.

Getting to the Refuge

If using a GPS to navigate to the refuge you will need to use a different address than our mailing address. Enter 1 Hagen Rd, Brussels, IL. When you arrive to Hagen road follow the signs to the refuge. GPS Coordinates for the refuge headquarters: 38°56'9.31"N 90°32'29.35"W. Additional directions are available on the Plan Your Visit page.

 

Visitor Center Hours

The Refuge visitor center is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. the first two weekends of each month from November to March. Upcoming weekend dates are as follows:

November 1, 2, 8, 9
December 6, 7, 13, 14
January 3, 4, 10, 11
February 7, 8, 14, 15
March 7, 8, 14, 15  

Services Provided

  • Ranger-led activities
  • Field trips and classroom presentations
  • Private lands restoration projects
  • Recreation passes (Senior Pass, Access Pass, Military Pass) and Federal Duck Stamps sold (Monday-Friday)

  

Contact the Refuge

Phone: 618-883-2524

Address:  
HC 82, Box 107
Brussels, IL 62013

E-mail: TwoRivers@fws.gov 

Office Directory Ext Email
John Mabery, Refuge Manager    24 john_mabery@fws.gov
Ken Dalrymple, Biologist 22 kenneth_dalrymple@fws.gov
Cortney Solum, Park Ranger 12 cortney_solum@fws.gov
Debbie Kuhn, Administrative Tech   10 debbie_kuhn@fws.gov
Steve Branstetter, Maintenance  20 steven_branstetter@fws.gov

 

* Deaf/Hard of Hearing individuals may reach Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge through Illinois Relay by dialing:

711
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)The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to providing access for all participants to our meetings or events. Please direct all requests for sign language interpreting services, close captioning, or other accommodation needs to Cortney Solum at 618-883-2524 or cortney_solum@fws.gov, with your request at least five business days prior to the event.

Last Updated: Oct 24, 2014
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