Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Illinois River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Complex and encompasses 2,631 acres of wetland habitats at the confluence of the Illinois and Spoon rivers. The Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon Preserve and the Illinois State Museum Dickson Mounds are adjacent to the refuge. The area has been designated as a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance and has a rich history, sustaining human cultures for more than 12,000 years. The refuge is part of the traditional homeland of the Illinois people, past and present. After extensive restoration, the area is returning to the "Jewel of the Illinois River."

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Emiquon's mosaic wetlands reflecting the autumn trees during sunset.

Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge offers a variety of recreational activities, from birding and wildlife watching to hunting and fishing. The area’s abundant natural resources have supported more than 600 generations of civilization. The refuge offers a unique opportunity to experience ecological and cultural significance.

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      Our Species

      White-faced ibis glistening in the sun like a marsh jewel.

      Abundant communities of fish, wildlife and plants live and migrate through the open wetlands, backwater lakes, bottomland forests, savanna bluffs, prairies and open wetlands at Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge. The variety of habitats benefit wildlife and sightings are plentiful no matter the time of year you visit.

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