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Whooping Cranes stop over at Dixon Refuge

Refuge site manager Rick Seibert couldn’t believe his eyes on April 6 when he saw a group of five-foot-tall white birds standing in a farm field less than a mile from TWI’s Dixon Waterfowl Refuge. “I nearly ran off the road,” he said. “There were five right there, clear as day… It was just incredible.”

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upcoming events

2016 fishing season at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes

The Wetlands Initiative is pleased to announce that the 2016 fishing season at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes at our Dixon Waterfowl Refuge will run from May 15 to September 5. Fishing will be closed Mondays during the season except for holidays. Please be aware that the Dixon Refuge is private property and fishing there is subject to TWI permit requirements and rules.

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VISIT THE DIXON WATERFOWL REFUGE

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

Location & Visiting the Dixon Refuge

VISIT MIDEWIN 

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

Location & Visiting Midewin