Dedicated to restoring the wetland resources of the Midwest

indian ridge marsh stewardship

2019 activities for nature lovers of all ages

Don’t miss special family-friendly community activities this year like an evening moth walk in July or a hunt for the elusive flower Thismia americana in August at Chicago’s Indian Ridge Marsh in the Calumet region. There’s also a full slate of regular volunteer activities including plug planting and seed collecting.

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fishing at the dixon refuge

2019 summer season opens May 15

The 2019 public fishing season at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes begins May 15 and goes through Labor Day. A Wetlands  Initiative fishing permit is required, in addition to a State of Illinois Sport Fishing License. TWI permit applications will be available starting May 15 at the kiosk by the Refuge boat launch.

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VISIT THE DIXON WATERFOWL REFUGE

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

VISIT MIDEWIN 

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

Location & Visiting Midewin