National Wildlife Refuge
Havana, IL 62644
Phone Number: 309-535-2290
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|Waterfowl such as wood ducks feed and rest at the refuge during migration.|
Continued . . . Native Americans found everything they needed to survive in this area. The Dickson Mounds Museum overlooking the Emiquon Refuge is a wonderful place to learn of the Native American culture and its dependence on the biological resources found in the mosaic of lakes, wetlands, wet meadows, and forests.
Early explorers noted the richness of resources and the difficulty in navigating the maze of wetlands and channels. Early settlers fished and hunted in Thompson and Flag lakes to feed their families and sell fish and fowl for income. In the drainage frenzy of the early 1900s, Thompson and Flag lakes were drained and converted to cropland. The fertile lake beds produced high yields of corn and soybeans.
Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1993 with 11,122 acres within the acquisition boundary. The Service currently owns 2,114 acres. The Nature Conservancy was able to purchase Wilder Farm in 2000. This purchase included all of the Globe Drainage District and nearly all of the Thompson Lake Drainage District. The Conservancy owns 7,063 acres within the refuge acquisition boundary.
The Service is restoring land in its ownership. The Conservancy will begin restoration of Thompson and Flag lakes in 2007. It appears that the dreams of many conservationists to restore Thompson and Flag lakes and associated habitats will soon become a reality.
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