• Lost Mound Unit 2018

    Tour Lost Mound

    Join us for a behind the scenes tour of Lost Mound which is otherwise closed to the public.

    Lost Mound Tour 2018

  • Slugs and Camo

    Why Switch Ammunition?

    Lead exposure and poisoning occurs at high percentages in bald eagles found dead in the Midwest.

    Learn How to Switch

What's Going On?

Update on Compatibility Determinations

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View the final compatibility determinations that have been signed to date.

Final Signed Compatability Determinations

View wildlife on our webcams.


There is a webcam on the refuge in Illinois.


News Releases


Stay current with public events and important notices on the refuge.

News Releases
Discover Wildlife

Discover Wildlife


Mayflies, dragonflies, bald eagles all grace the skies. Walleye, perch and largemouth bass swim below the river. Why not give dragonfly watching a chance?

Discover Wildlife

Be a patient photographer

Be a Patient Photographer


Wildlife shots take time. What better place to relax and wait then outside on a refuge.

Wildlife Photography Tips

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS