Dedicated to restoring the wetland resources of the Midwest.

 

5k dixon refuge dash

A first-ever TWI 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 now closed for the year

Public fishing at the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge is now closed for 2017 in order to avoid interfering with the fall migration. Dates for the 2018 fishing season will be posted in late winter along with permit application instructions, so check back in the new year.

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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