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Visitors at Meredosia National Wildlife Refuge

Visitors can enjoy a number of outdoor activities at Meredosia National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Hunting

    Early Morning Hunt

    Hunting is not permitted on refuge land. Illinois Department of Natural Resources conducts blind drawings on the last Sunday in July for waterfowl hunting on Meredosia Lake. For more information, please contact the State Field Office at 309/543-3288.

    Meredosia Public Use Regulations

  • Fishing

    Fishing at Meredosia Refuge

    Anglers may expect to catch fish native to the Illinois River during seasonal flood events. Species such as catfish, bass, perch and channel cat move into the flooded bottomlands to spawn while some move into the floodplain area to feed. Please see refuge regulations for specific details. Additional fishing opportunities are available on the state-managed, Meredosia Lake.

    Meredosia Public Use Regulations

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  • Wildlife Viewing

    Observing Wildlife at the Refuge

    The one-quarter mile accessible nature trail provides excellent opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to observe wildlife. Stop at the Carver Lake overlook to view waterfowl foraging in the waters. Meredosia Refuge provides diverse habitats for wildlife ranging from grassland birds to deer. The Shearl/Skinner Wetlands provide habitat for shorebirds, as well as marsh and wading birds. Eagles commonly feed and nest on Meredosia Refuge. Wildlife observation is allowed in all areas open to public access.

  • Interpretation

    Walking the Prairie

    National wildlife refuges across the country provide opportunities for visitors to make their own connections to the natural world. Self-guided hikes and seasonal staff-led events help visitors learn more about the wildlife and habitats behind the landscapes.

  • Environmental Education

    Environmental Education Program

    National Wildlife Refuges serve many purposes and one of our most important roles is as outdoor classrooms to teach about the natural environment. Refuge lands are available to educators, instructors and students of all ages to increase understanding of the ecological significance of the area and develop a life-long appreciation of wetlands and associated biological diversity. Please contact the refuge to schedule a visit at 309/535-2290.

  • Photography

    Scenery Painting

    Perhaps the fastest growing activity on national wildlife refuges in the past ten years has been wildlife photography. You don’t need to purchase expensive equipment or have any experience to get started. A small camera or basic cell phone will do just fine for most visitors.

    Refuges provide enhanced opportunities to photograph wildlife in natural habitats by providing platforms, brochures, interpreters, viewing areas and tour routes.. We welcome beginner and expert photographers alike to record their outdoor adventures on film, memory card or internal hard drive.

Page Photo Credits — Credit: USFWS
Last Updated: Apr 17, 2014
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