Swan Lake Levee:Follow the refuge signs to Swan Lake about 1 mile from the Brussels Ferry where the levee walking trail starts from the parking lot. The levee runs the length of Swan Lake about 7 miles, dividing the backwater area from the Illinois River. This walking trail offers great views of waterfowl and bald eagles in the winter. The levee is closed each fall Oct. 15-Dec. 31 to provide sanctuary for migratory birds.
Moist Soil Unit Levee SystemVisitors are welcome to explore any of the refuge's moist unit levees. These flat top levees are great for viewing herons, beaver, and turtles. Download the Calhoun and Gilbert Lake Division Map below for more details.
Prairie Adventure TrailStarting from the Visitor Center Deck is the .5 mile Prairie Adventure Trail which winds through a tall grass prairie. Follow the trail to the photography blind to capture great photos of wildlife.
Wildlife Haven TrailThe New Nature Trail was developed in the summer of 2013. Starting from the Visitor Center parking lot this .5 mile long trail takes you on a walk through the prairie to view the seasonally changing flowers and grasses, by the pond to see frogs and busy dragonflies, and into the woods to explore the forest habitat before returning to the parking lot.
Gilbert Lake Division:
Gilbert Lake Trail A 3-mile gravel trail runs the length of the Gilbert Lake Division. This trail offers sights of the Illinois River and the quiet Gilbert Lake Division. See waterfowl and mammals enjoying the solitude of this refuge division. The Gilbert Lake Division is closed each fall Oct. 15-Dec. 31 to provide sanctuary for migratory birds. To get to the Gilbert Lake Division travel the National Scenic Byway (Illinois State Highway 100) to Gilbert Lake, which is adjacent to Pere Marquette State Park in Jersey County, Illinois.
Calhoun and Gilbert Lake Division Trail Map
Wildlife Haven Trail Map
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These white birds are one of the largest birds in North America. At Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge you'll see flocks with black tipped wings flying in lines and soaring high into the air on thermals.