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Two Rivers
National Wildlife Refuge

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HC 82, Box 107 (Hagen Road)
Brussels, IL   62013
E-mail: tworivers@fws.gov
Phone Number: 618-883-2524
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Managers at Two Rivers Refuge control water levels to benefit species such as the green heron.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Two Rivers Refuge has a small visitor center on the Calhoun Division. This area is available to school groups and other refuge visitors for environmental education and interpretation.

Recreational fishing is available on all five divisions of the refuge in accordance with State of Illinois seasons and regulations. Catfish, crappie, bluegill, and largemouth bass are the most sought-after species. Gilbert Lake, Calhoun, and Batchtown divisions all provide fishing access areas. Swan Lake and Prairie Pond have newly renovated boat ramps and parking areas. The taking of turtles and frogs is prohibited on the refuge.

Apple Creek Division is open to deer, waterfowl, and upland game hunting in accordance with State of Illinois seasons and regulations. Calhoun Division land east of the Illinois River Road is open to big game and upland game hunting in accordance with State of Illinois seasons and regulations. No migratory bird hunting is allowed on this division.

Refuge staff are trained and available to conduct interpretive programs. These programs can be tailored to each group. The refuge visitor center, located at the Calhoun Division, has exhibits about refuge wildlife and history. Gilbert Lake Division has an overlook and information kiosk where visitors can learn more about refuge programs, local Native American history, and native flora and fauna. Contact the refuge headquarters for more information.

Wildlife Observation
Two Rivers Refuge provides excellent opportunities to enjoy the abundant wildlife resources of central Illinois. A wildlife viewing blind provides an excellent view of the wildlife using some of the moist-soil impoundments and Swan Lake. Spring and fall are especially good times to witness migrating waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, and songbirds as they move along the Mississippi Flyway.

Refuge Headquarters - Open 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Visitor Center - Open 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Outdoor Facilities - Open daily, sunrise to sunset, from January 1 to October 14. The Visitor Center and Gilbert Lake overlooks are open sunrise to sunset year round.

Entrance Fees
This refuge does not require an entrance fee.

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