Plan Your Visit

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Red-winged black bird on a deer


Directions, Address & Contact Info

Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge is working with willing landowners to acquire lands and easements in McHenry and Walworth Counties. Two areas are currently open to walking, birding, photography, fishing and hunting. There are no developed parking lots, trails, or other facilities.

Near Genoa City, Wisconsin 

There is a 86 acre tract ½ mile north of Genoa City on the west side of County Highway H. Look for the brown and white Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge sign. Park along the gravel access road on the east boundary. Please respect our neighbors and park on the west side of the road. 

Between Hebron and Woodstock, Illinois 

This 27-acre tract is located just west of the intersection of State Route 47 and Thayer Road. Look for  large brown sign. There is a driveway cut west of Nippersink Creek where you can park. Please be safe and pull completely off the road. 

Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge Office 

Lost Valley Visitor Center, Glacial Park

6313 Harts Road 

Ringwood, IL  60072

Contact: Cathy Nigg

Phone: 612-713-5140    TTY: 1-800-877-8339 (Federal Relay)

Email: hackmatack@fws.gov

Points of Interest 

Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge features restored prairies, oak savannas, forests, wetlands and creekside habitats. Look for nesting wood ducks, migrating monarchs and wintering bald eagles throughout the area. The mix of different habitats provide food and shelter for a variety of plants and animals.

Refuge lands are open during daylight hours all year. Come back to explore again and again.   

Know Before You Go

Wear appropriate footwear and dress for the weather. Consider bringing water, food, binoculars, field guides, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and anything else that might make the outdoor experience more enjoyable.