Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge The Cache River and Cypress Creek Wetland was designated a "Wetland of International Importance" especially for waterfowl and for its rich diversity of plant and animal communities; it claims some of the oldest living trees east of the Mississippi River and harbors 91% of Illinois' high-quality ... more info
Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge
Description: Chautauqua Refuge is situated in the middle of the Mississippi Flyway along the Illinois River near Havana, Illinois. It is an important link in the chain of resting and feeding areas for waterfowl and other migratory birds in the flyway. The refuge has been designated a Globally Important Bird Area and a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network site.
Wildlife to Watch: Up to 250,000 waterfowl and 10,000 shorebirds seek the food resources and sanctuary found on the 6,200-acre refuge. Bald eagles nest on the refuge and as many as 175 eagles can be found on the area in late fall through spring.
Special Tips: Chautauqua Refuge is entirely open to foot and bicycle traffic from January 14 to October 16. yearly. The 12-mile levee system is suitable for walking and biking. The 0.5-mile nature trail and observation platforms provide good viewing/photographic opportunities.
Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Size: 6200 acres Closest Town: Havana
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Driving Directions: Chautauqua Refuge is located 8 miles north of Havana, Illinois, and 30 miles south of Pekin, Illinois, on the Manito Blacktop. Turn onto 1950E. Travel one mile to 2110N to the visitor center.