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General Information

Description - Meredosia National Wildlife Refuge is located along the east side of the Illinois River in Cass and Morgan counties, about 50 miles west of Springfield, IL. It is positioned in the upper end of the Alton navigation pool in an area that was historically known for its ability to sustain fish and wildlife.

Land management programs improve migratory bird, fish, and resident wildlife habitat in the Illinois River basin, while providing increased public recreation and educational opportunities. When acquisition is complete, the refuge will include a combination of high-quality backwater lake, bottomland forest, upland forest, prairie, seasonal wetland, and permanent marsh habitat. As a functioning floodplain wetland complex, the refuge will play a vital role in perpetuating biological diversity in the Illinois River basin.

When complete, Meredosia Refuge will total 5,255 acres. At this time, 3,852 acres have been acquired. The refuge is part of the Illinois River National Wildlife Refuge Complex, with headquarters at Chautauqua Refuge, in Havana, Illinois.

Attractions - The refuge is located in an area that was historically known for its ability to sustain fish and wildlife.

Land management programs are designed and administered to promote migratory bird, fish and resident wildlife habitat in the Illinois River basin, while providing for increased public recreation and educational opportunities.

When acquisition is complete, the refuge will include a combination of high quality backwater lake, bottomland forest, upland forest, prairie, seasonal wetland and permanent marsh habitat for migratory birds, fish and resident wildlife. As a functioning floodplain wetland complex, the refuge will play a vital role in perpetuating biological diversity in the Illinois River basin.

Recreation - Environmental Education-
Learning packets and teacher's aids are available at the headquarters office on a checkout basis. Additional learning trunks and books are available. For a listing, please phone our headquarters office at 309/535-2290. Meredosia Refuge offers an abundance of biodiversity. Wetlands, prairies, nature trails, kiosks and an observation deck with wheelchair-accessible scope are but a few options for environmental education opportunities.

Fishing-
Fishing is allowed on the State-managed Meredosia Lake. Boat access is provided at the north end of Beach Road, approximately 1.5 miles north of the visitor information station.

Interpretation-
An interpretive kiosk is located at the beginning of the hiking trail.

Wildlife Observation-
Pedestrians and bicyclists have wildlife observation and photo opportunities throughout the refuge. A short hiking trail provides an overlook of the Illinois River. Waterfowl, eagles, deer, and small mammals are among the commonly viewed species at the refuge. Automobiles may get a close view of the eagles from Beach Road.

Climate - Illinois experiences four distinct seasons with varying weather throughout the year. Winter can be very cold. The highest humidity of the year occurs during this season averaging 70 to 75 percent. Average low temperatures in January dip to 20 degrees F with highs near 35 degrees F. Spring temperatures are mild with humidity below 70 percent. Temperatures during this season average between 32 and 50 degrees F. Summer is usually hot and humid in this Midwest state. Low temperatures remain in the low sixties with high temperatures near 90 degrees F. The highest rainfall of the year occurs during the summer months. Fall is an excellent time to visit the state with low humidity and rainfall and moderate temperatures.

Location - Meredosia NWR is located along the east side of the Illinois River in Cass and Morgan Counties about 50 miles west of Springfield, IL. It is located in the upper end of the Alton Navigation Pool.


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More Information

Contact Information:
Meredosia NWR, 19031 E County Road 2105N , Havana, IL, 62644, Phone: 309-535-2290
, ross_adams@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Illinois Wildlife Refuges -
Western Illinois Travel Region -

Links:
Meredosia NWR - Official agency website

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