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5k dixon refuge dash

Register now for this first-ever event on September 23

The Wetlands Initiative invites you to join the first-ever 5K Dixon Refuge Dash on September 23 at our Dixon Waterfowl Refuge in Hennepin, Illinois, along the Illinois River. The 5K family-friendly “fun run” will take place on trails through Hickory Hollow, the newest addition to the Refuge. 

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2017 fishing season

Fishing at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes to begin May 16

Fishing season at the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge will run from Tuesday, May 16, through Monday, September 4. The lakes will be closed to fishing on Mondays except for Memorial and Labor Day. A Dixon Refuge fishing permit is required in addition to an Illinois state fishing license; other rules and regulations also apply.




Climb the observation tower, hike a boardwalk trail, paddle through a marsh, or enjoy excellent birdwatching.

Location & Visiting the Dixon Refuge


Many parts of Midewin are open to the public for hiking, birdwatching, bison viewing, and other activities. 

Location & Visiting Midewin