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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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upcoming events

Plug Planting Volunteer Day at Hickory Hollow

Come experience the new Hickory Hollow tract recently added to the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge while helping to restore rare prairie and savanna habitats! On May 14, volunteers will plant plugs (seedlings) of a variety of native prairie and savanna species such as wild strawberry, poke milkweed, and big-leaved aster.  

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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