Visitor Activities

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  • Hunting


    Hunting is part of a longstanding tradition on lands within the National Wildlife Refuge System and helps us manage wildlife populations at healthy and sustainable levels. Refuge-owned lands are open to migratory bird, upland game, and big game regulations in accordance with Illinois and Wisconsin seasons and regulations. We only allow portable or temporary blinds.   

    Look for signs designating hunt areas and be aware of occupied buildings near our boundaries. 

  • Fishing

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    Fishing can occur on both units of the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge. Both tracts are open to their perspective state fishing seasons and regulations. An 86-acre tract just north of Genoa City, Wisconsin, includes forest, restored prairie and wetlands. A 27-acre tract 3.5 miles south of Hebron, Illinois, includes a stretch of Nippersink Creek and associated wetland habitats.

  • Wildlife Viewing and Photography

    Wildlife Viewing

    Explore the grasslands and woodlands of Hackmatack with your binoculars or camera. During spring and fall, look for migrating ducks, songbirds, and raptors. Summer brings an abundance of colorful wildflowers, butterflies, and dragonflies. In winter, look for tracks and signs of wildlife in the snow. 

  • Environmental Education

    Interpretation and Environmental Education

    The Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge work with many different partners on events and activities throughout the year. Annual events include Bald Eagle viewing (January), World Migratory Bird Day celebrations (April), Monarch Mania (August), and National Wildlife Refuge Week celebration (October)  Check their website for upcoming events.