Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge
6316 Harts Road Ringwood, IL 60072-7692
Driving Directions

Refuge Office

Currently located within the Lost Valley Visitor Center, owned and managed by McHenry County Conservation District

Refuge Properties

Three areas are currently open to the public to enjoy. There are no developed facilities, like restrooms, at the locations so plan accordingly.

Near Genoa City, Wisconsin

There is an 86 acre tract 1/2 mile north of Genoa City on the west side of County Highway H. Look for the brown and white Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge sign. Turn in at the sign and park in the parking area. 

Between Hebron and Woodstock, Illinois

This 60 acre tract is located just southwest of the intersection of State Route 47 and Thayer Road. Look for a parking area and kiosk on the west side of State Route 47, approximately 0.4 miles south of the intersection of State Route 47 and Thayer Road. After enjoying your time at the refuge be safe when pulling out of the parking lot. 

Richmond, Illinois

This property is a 11 acre tract located west of the intersection of Hunter Drive and Hwy 12 in Richmond, Illinois. There is no vehicle parking available at this site. The easiest way to access this location is from the McHenry County Prairie Trail. This property serves as a great resting place for those hiking the trail or simply looking for a place to stop and enjoy the scenery or have a picnic. 

Public Lands Hours
Access to the refuge is open from 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1/2 hour after sunset unless otherwise posted