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male wood duck on the water
Route 97/78
Havana, IL   62644
E-mail: emiquon@fws.gov
Phone Number: 309-535-2290
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Waterfowl such as wood ducks feed and rest at the refuge during migration.
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Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge

Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge was established December 29, 1993, with the purchase of its first 284 acres. The refuge is being assembled to protect, restore, and manage migratory bird, fish, and resident wildlife habitat in the Illinois River Valley, while providing for increased public recreation and educational opportunities.

The Fulton and Mason County area's ability to support an abundance of fish and wildlife and the popularity of traditional outdoor activities once made the area the tourism capital of Illinois.

Through restoration and management Emiquon Refuge provides quality backwater lake, bottomland forest, upland forest, prairie, seasonal wetland, and marsh habitat for migratory birds, fish, and resident wildlife.

Emiquon Refuge is part of the Illinois River National Wildlife Refuge Complex, with headquarters at Chautauqua Refuge, in Havana, Illinois.

Getting There . . .
Emiquon Refuge is located at the confluence of the Spoon and Illinois rivers in Fulton County, Illinois. Situated just west of Havana, Illinois, on Route 97/78, the refuge is accessible by Highway 24 from Peoria or Lewistown, and State Highway 136 from Havana, Illinois.

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Wildlife and Habitat

Approximately 95 percent of land within the Emiquon Refuge acquisition boundary is cropland, which will require restoration and management to the historic wetlands and associated habitat.

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The richness of archeological sites near the confluence of the Spoon and Illinois rivers indicates the historic biological diversity and productivity of the area.

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Management Activities
Since its establishment in 1993, the major habitat management efforts on Emiquon Refuge have been the restoration of the historic floodplain and associated wildlife communities. Through restoration of altered habitats and protection of existing areas, Emiquon Refuge is managed to provide the diversity of native plant and animal communities found in this area prior to drainage and conversion to cropland.