A backpacker in a bright valley overlooking a deep blue lake

Established in 2012 to restore and connect a landscape that includes large blocks of grasslands, wet prairies and natural stream watercourses, Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge is just beginning to acquire parcels of land. The refuge includes two tracts of land. Both are open to their respective state seasons and regulations. An 86-acre tract just north of Genoa City, Wisconsin, includes forest, restored prairie and wetlands. A 27-acre tract 3.5 miles south of Hebron, Illinois, includes a stretch of Nippersink Creek and associated wetland habitats.