Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (www.fws.gov). Located near the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, the refuge provides 9,225 acres of habitat for migrating and nesting waterfowl as well as numerous mammals, amphibians, reptiles and fish.
Positioned on the Mississippi Flyway, the refuge functions as an important stop over for more than 200 migratory birds that rest, feed, and winter along the Mississippi Flyway making it an ideal spot to bird watch. The refuge is especially popular in winter as a hotspot for viewing wintering bald eagles.
In the warmer months visitors enjoy walking trails near the visitor center or the 3-mile trail in the Gilbert Lake division. Others find the flat-top, gravel maintenance roads enjoyable for bicycling. Bank fishing is also popular from the Swan Lake and Gilbert Lake levees.
Visit the refuge website at www.fws.gov/refuge/Two_Rivers, for maps and information about events and other outdoor recreation opportunities.
Visitor Center Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (open some weekends)
Refuge public use hours: Open every day Jan. 1-Oct. 15, from sunrise to sunset
Phone number: 618-883-2524
Address: HC 82 Box 107, Brussels, IL 62052
Directions to visitor center:
– From Brussels Ferry continue 4 miles; turn right onto Hagen Road, following signs to the Refuge visitor center (headquarters).
From the Golden Eagle Ferry travel two miles on Ferry Road to the intersection with Mississippi River Road, then turn right. This road meanders through rolling hills for 3.4 miles to the intersection with Illinois River Road. Turn left onto Illinois River Road, travel two miles, and turn right onto Hagen Road, following signs to the Refuge visitor center (headquarters).
School groups or other large groups are welcome, but should call first to make arrangements.