Two Rivers National Wildlife 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 provide habitat for numerous mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish, nearly three hundred bird species, and a population of decurrent false aster, a Federally threatened plant species.
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Refuge Sanctuary Season for Migrating Birds, October 16 - December 31

October 16 is the time of year that special restrictions go into place on the refuge to provide sanctuary for migrating birds.  These restrictions only last thru December 31 (10 weeks) and are important to reduce disturbance to waterfowl during their annual migration.

The closures include various roads in the Calhoun Division, roads and hiking trails around Swan Lake Unit, closure to all boating on Gilbert Lake Division and the Prairie Pond unit of the Batchtown Division.  The Prairie Adventure Trail and Wildlife Haven Trail around the refuge headquarters will remain open during this time, as well as trails at Gilbert Lake Division.  Please be aware and mindful that many of the refuge trails are in shared areas where hunting is allowed.  

Please contact the refuge headquarters for more information.

Visit Us

Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge is centrally located along the Mississippi Flyway, a major route for migratory birds, affording visitors an excellent opportunity for wildlife viewing, wildlife photography, hiking, hunting, fishing and paddling.

Location and Contact Information

      What We Do

      Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge is a part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, which is a national network of lands and waters managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the conservation and management of fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

      Our Species

      During the fall migration season, visitors may see 15 different species of duck and up to 200 different species of birds. Waterfowl and bird watching guides and checklists are available at the visitor contact station and headquarters office. Birds of particular interest are wood ducks and bald eagles.

      Get Involved

      Whether you want to further conservation, learn more about nature or share your love of the outdoors, you’ve come to the right place. National wildlife refuges provide many opportunities for you to help your community by doing what you love. National wildlife refuges partner with volunteers, youth groups, landowners, neighbors and residents of urban and coastal communities to make a lasting difference. Find out how you can help make American lands healthier and communities stronger while doing something personally satisfying.