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 364 Wildlife Conservation Road, Brussels, IL. When you arrive to Wildlife Conservation 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 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on select weekend days throughout the year. Please call first to ensure the office is open if you need to meet with refuge staff or pick up a recreation pass.

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). Call first to ensure that staff will be available to distribute passes. If no staff are available, there are several local options where you can get passes, including the National Great Rivers Museum in Alton, IL and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, MO. 

Contact the Refuge

Phone: 618-883-2524

364 Wildlife Conservation Road
Brussels, IL 62013

E-mail: TwoRivers@fws.gov 

Office DirectoryExtEmail
Charles Deutsch, Refuge Manager   24charles_deutsch@fws.gov
Ken Dalrymple, Biologist22kenneth_dalrymple@fws.gov
Robert Dietrich, Visitor Services Manager   12robert_dietrich@fws.gov
Administrative Tech  10 
Jimmy Thompson, Maintenance 20james_thompson@fws.gov

* 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 Robert Dietrich at 618-883-2524 or robert_dietrich@fws.gov, with your request at least five business days prior to the event.