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Road/Ferry Closures and Maintenance

Flooding Swan Spillway

The following Refuge roads/boat ramps are closed due to high water: 


  • Gilbert Lake Parking Area
  • Swan Lake Boat Access at Visitor Center
  • Blooms Landing Boat Access
  • Gilead Boat Access 
  • Prairie Pond (Batchtown) Boat Access

The Refuge Visitor Center and Headquarters will remain open Monday-Friday and on weekends when staffed by volunteers. For more information about road closures, please call 618-883-2524.


Ferry Closures 

When the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers are frozen or in times of high water the ferries may close. To check the status of the Illinois Department of Transportation ferries (Brussels and Kampsville) go to For the status of the Calhoun Ferry Company (Golden Eagle and Winfield) go to

For detailed directions to the refuge visitor center see the Plan Your Visit page.

Last Updated: Jul 24, 2014
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