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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”.

Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge
Route 78/97 (Physical Address)  

19031 E County Road 2110N (Mailing Address)
Havana, IL 62644
Phone: 309/535-2290

Last Updated: Apr 05, 2016
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