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National Wildlife Refuge

Canada goose on water
2219 Beach Road
Meredosia, IL   
E-mail: meredosia@fws.gov
Phone Number: 309-535-2290
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Waterfowl such as Canada geese use wetlands on Meredosia Refuge during fall migration.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Teacher aids are available upon request on a checkout basis. For a listing, please visit http://www.fws.gov/midwest/IllinoisRiver/teachers.html. Meredosia Refuge offers an abundance of biodiversity. Wetlands, prairies, nature trails, kiosks and an observation deck with wheelchair-accessible scope are but a few options for environmental education opportunities.

Fishing is allowed on the State-managed Meredosia Lake. Boat access is provided at the north end of Beach Road, approximately 1.5 miles north of the visitor information station.

An interpretive kiosk is located at the beginning of the hiking trail.

Wildlife Observation
Wildlife observation and photo opportunities are available throughout the refuge. A short hiking trail provides an overlook of the Illinois River. Waterfowl, eagles, deer, and small mammals are among the commonly viewed species at the refuge. Refuge lands west of Meredosia Lake are closed from October 16 to January 31. Automobiles may get a close view of the eagles from Beach Road.

Refuge Headquarters - The headquarters is located at Chautauqua Refuge in Havana, IL Wildlife Drive/Outdoor Facilities - The refuge is accessible from dawn to dusk by visitors who wish to walk or boat from February 1 through October 15. Visitors may drive along Beach Road for auto tour opportunities.

Entrance Fees
There is no entrance fee. Pedestrians and bicyclists are permitted on the refuge. Motorized vehicles are only allowed on county/township roads.

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