Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


Features

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    Trumpeters at Emiquon

    Iconic bird enjoys rebound at Chautauqua-Emiquon Complex,

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    In search of the Illinois Chorus Frog

    A wildlife conservation story by Carla Rich Montez. Photos courtesy of Jakob Cackowski

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    New Nature Trails

    Chautauqua has added 3 new trails this summer with the help of YCC and volunteers.

    Chautauqua Nature Trails

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    Monarchs are Heading North

    As of March 30 monarchs have been reported in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee. As they arrive in your area look for eggs and caterpillars.

    Report Your Sightings

Get active on the refuge

Current Conditions

March 20, 2020

Our public restrooms are closed in response to guidance from state and local public health officials. All other public areas at Chautauqua, Emiquon, and Meredosia National Wildlife Refuges remain open. Rules and regulations still apply.

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Hiking Trails

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Wildlife, scenic views and exercise! Hiking trails are the best way to experience nature at Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge.

Chautauqua Trail Map

Volunteer

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From making trails to woodworking, there are plenty of ways to volunteer at your local refuge. We would not be here without you.

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In the community

Environmental Education

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We provide regionally specific environmental education programs for school classes, continuing learners, and groups of all ages and sizes. Email us to make a reservation for your next trip.

About the Complex

Illinois River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Complex

Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Illinois River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS