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About the Refuge

About the Refuge

Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge serves as an important stopover for hundreds of thousands of ducks and geese each fall. Bald eagles are commonly found on the refuge along with these migrating waterfowl.

The refuge was established in 1958 to protect and enhance habitat for migratory birds. Located between the Mississippi River and Illinois River, the refuge encompasses 9,225 acres of riverine and floodplain habitat scattered around the confluence of the rivers. The mosaic of wetlands, open water, bottomland forests and prairies provides habitat for numerous mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish and nearly three hundred bird species. The refuge offers opportunities for hiking and biking trails, canoeing and kayaking on Swan Lake, bank fishing, and family friendly programs and events.

Getting to the Refuge

If using a GPS to navigate to the refuge you will need to use a different address than our mailing address. Enter 1 Hagen Rd, Brussels, IL. When you arrive to Hagen road follow the signs to the refuge. GPS Coordinates for the refuge headquarters: 38°56'9.31"N 90°32'29.35"W. Additional directions are available on the Plan Your Visit page.


Visitor Center Hours

The Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is open week days from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the first two weekend days of each month from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. October through March. 

Services Provided

  • Ranger-led activities
  • Field trips and classroom presentations
  • Private lands restoration projects
  • Recreation passes (Senior Pass, Access Pass, Military Pass) and Federal Duck Stamps sold (Monday-Friday)

Contact the Refuge

Phone: 618-883-2524

HC 82, Box 107
Brussels, IL 62013


Office Directory Ext Email
Justin Sexton, Refuge Manager    24
Ken Dalrymple, Biologist 22
Robert Dietrich, Visitor Services Manager    12
Debbie Kuhn, Administrative Tech   10
Jimmy Thompson, Maintenance  20

* Deaf/Hard of Hearing individuals may reach Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge through Illinois Relay by dialing:

1-800-526-0844 (TTY)
1-877-526-6680 (ASCII)
1-800-526-0857 (voice)
1-877-526-6690 (speech to speech)
1-877-526-6670 (Telebraille)The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to providing access for all participants to our meetings or events. Please direct all requests for sign language interpreting services, close captioning, or other accommodation needs to Cortney Solum at 618-883-2524 or, with your request at least five business days prior to the event.

Last Updated: Jan 13, 2017
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