Dedicated to restoring the wetland resources of the Midwest


sandy hollow to open june 15

Get to know the newest area of the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge

With the first three years of restoration completed, Sandy Hollow is almost ready for visitors! The newest area of the Dixon Refuge will feature a 2.7-mile trail system leading through prairie, savanna, and forest habitats, along with informational signage and a special open-sided pavilion with a sweeping vista.


BioBlitz 2018

August 34 at the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge

Teams of citizen scientists will join experts in surveying the 3,000-acre site for as many species as possible among dozens of different organism groups—from fungi to birds, mammals to ants, and reptiles to plants! No matter your experience level, there will be ways for you to be part of this event.

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Climb the observation tower, hike the trail system, enjoy excellent birdwatching, or during the summer paddle and fish on the lakes.

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