Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at https://www.doi.gov/shutdown

Features

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    Nature Trek: A Glacial Perspective

    Did you know glaciers helped form the Illinois River Valley? Learn about how the last Ice Age shaped the present-day landscape.

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    Fulton-Mason Eagle Day

    Join us for the annual Fulton-Mason Eagle Day event on Saturday, February 2, 2019.

    Fulton-Mason Eagle Day

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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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    Sanctuary Period

    From Oct 15 - Feb 1, Chautauqua NWR levees, maintenance roads, and crossdike are closed for sanctuary. The nature trails remain open.

    Rules and Regulations

Get involved on the refuge

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.

Read more about the complex
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