Emiquon refuge was established in 1993 by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to restore and protect wetland habitats at the confluence of the Illinois and Spoon Rivers. The first tract of the refuge was purchased on December 29, 1993. The refuge has since grown to 2,114 acres. In total, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has authorization to purchase 11,122 acres within the Emiquon Project area.
The Illinois River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge Complex stretches along 124 miles of the Illinois River in west central Illinois, and consists of three refuges: Emiquon, Chautauqua, and Meredosia, totaling 12,163 acres of backwater lakes, bottomland forests, floodplain wetlands, and upland habitats. Whether bird watching, fishing, hunting or taking pictures, there are many ways to enjoy refuge lands:
Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge
Address: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 19031 East CR 2110 North , Havana, IL, 62644
Phone: (309) 535-2290
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