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
- Recreation passes sold (Senior Pass, Access Pass, Military Pass)
- Ranger-led activities
- Field trips and classroom presentations
- Private lands restoration projects
Contact the Refuge
Normal office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. While the visitor center is occasionally open on weekends, it is recommended visitors call ahead to verify.
HC 82, Box 107
Brussels, IL 62013
|John Mabery, Refuge Manager
|Ken Dalrymple, Biologist
|Cortney Solum, Park Ranger
|Debbie Kuhn, Administrative Tech
|Steve Branstetter, Maintenance
* Deaf/Hard of Hearing individuals may reach Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge through Illinois Relay by dialing:
1-877-526-6690 (speech to speech)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, with your request at least five business days prior to the event.