About the Refuge

Pelicans in Flight

Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge is managed under the Illinois River National Wildlife and Fish Refuges Complex. Chautauqua and Meredosia National Wildlife Refuges are also managed under this refuge complex.

Emiquon Refuge was established in 1993 to restore and protect wetland habitats at the confluence of the Illinois and Spoon Rivers and help fulfill international obligations contained in various migratory bird treaties and conventions. The first tract was purchased on December 29, 1993. The refuge has since grown to approximately 2,600 acres. In 2012, the refuge was designated as a “Ramsar Wetland of International Importance”.

Contact the Refuge

Mailing Address:


Illinois River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Complex

19031 E County Road 2110N

Havana, IL 62644


Office Phone: 309-535-2290

Email: illinoisriver@fws.gov 


Refuge Manager: Curt McMurl, curt_mcmurl@fws.gov

Wildlife Refuge Specialist: Mitchell Baalman; mitchell_baalman@fws.gov

Maintenance Specialist: Craig Adkins; craig_adkins@fws.gov

Administrator: Emily Hodapp; emily_hodapp@fws.gov


Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge is located adjacent to Route 78/97 from Route 9 to US Highway 136.