Calhoun DivisionSee thousands of geese, ducks, and pelicans feeding in the fields and shallow wetlands of the Calhoun Division and on Swan Lake. Bald eagles use this area regularly during winter. Other birds enjoy the grassland habitat near the Refuge visitor center. View an abundance of wildlife from the observation decks near the visitor center.
Gilbert Lake DivisionGilbert Lake is a great place to seek solace and escape the demands of everyday life; bank fishing, bird watching and hiking the 3-mile gravel trail are allowed and encouraged. Gilbert Lake is closed each fall to provide sanctuary for migratory birds. Travel the National Scenic Byway (Illinois State Highway 100) to Gilbert Lake, which is adjacent to Pere Marquette State Park in Jersey County, Illinois.
Download the Calhoun and Gilbert Lake Wildlife Viewing Areas/Trails Map.
Batchtown DivisionSpend the day fishing, kayaking or canoeing in the Batchtown Division. Boat launches are located at the Prairie Pond unit and Gilead unit of the division. Both units offer quiet adventures in the backwaters of the Mississippi River.
Apple Creek DivisionThe Apple Creek Division differs from other areas of the Refuge in that hunting is permitted in accordance with Illinois state hunting seasons and regulations. Big game hunting, migratory bird hunting, upland game hunting and sport fishing are all allowed on the Apple Creek Division.
Clarksville Island DivisionTake a drive to the city of Clarksville, MO this winter to view bald eagles on the refuge's Clarksville Island. Park at the city boat ramp and watch eagles across the river catching fish and perching in the trees on the island.
From Alton, Illinois: Travel west 17 miles on Highway 100 (passing through the town of Grafton), then cross the Illinois River using the Brussels Ferry. Continue 4 miles, then turn right onto Hagen Road, following signs to the Refuge headquarters. There is no fee for the Brussels Ferry, which is operated 24 hours per day by the Illinois Department of Transportation.From St. Louis, Missouri: Take I-270 east to the MO-367 North exit. Stay on 367 N until you cross the Clark Bridge into Alton, Illinois. Turn left onto Lewis and Clark Blvd and travel to HWY 100. Turn left at the traffic light onto HWY 100. Follow remaining directions from Alton, IL.From St. Charles, Missouri: Cross the Mississippi River on the Golden Eagle Ferry. After leaving the ferry, travel two miles on Ferry Road to the intersection with Mississippi River Road, then turn right. This road meanders through rolling hills for 3.4 miles to the intersection with Illinois River Road. Turn right onto Illinois River Road, travel two miles, and turn left onto Hagen Road, following signs to the Refuge headquarters. There is a fee for the Golden Eagle Ferry, which is privately owned and on a daily schedule.
When visiting the Refuge it is important to plan ahead. Stop by the Refuge visitor center for maps and ask a Refuge staff person to help you become oriented to the area. When hiking, bring drinking water, sunscreen and insect repellent, also let friends or family know where you are going when exploring alone.
Refuge Visitor Center Mailing Address: HC 82, Box 107Brussels, IL 62013
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These white birds are one of the largest birds in North America. At Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge you'll see flocks with black tipped wings flying in lines and soaring high into the air on thermals.