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Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge

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8588 Route 148, Marion, IL 62959-5822
+1 618-997-3344
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Great hiking trail and visitor center

We took the Rocky ff Trail, which was lovely and well marked. Since it was late in the summer... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
Springfield, Illinois
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Honestly in southern Illinois we are very fortunate for crab orchard refuge. They have meetings for... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
Dahlgren, Illinois
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8588 Route 148, Marion, IL 62959-5822
+1 618-997-3344
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

We took the Rocky ff Trail, which was lovely and well marked. Since it was late in the summer, there was no waterfall. We had neglected to get a day use pass, so we returned to thevisitor center to do that after our hike. Very...More

Thank alm711
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Honestly in southern Illinois we are very fortunate for crab orchard refuge. They have meetings for people new to area or who have lived for years on Saturdays every month. Several trails here easy located. Stop at visitors center for maps. 2.00 pass all required...More

Thank jska669
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

This wildlife refuge is so beautiful. It is swampy and full of greenery. The water level is high with numerous lakes, birds, and wildlife. The crickets are buzzing at sunset as blue herons wade at the shallow waters edge. I didn't know Southern Illinois was...More

Reviewed 23 August 2017

The website published a map with numbered viewing sites, complete with description of each site, including whether restrooms were available at each site. This clinched our decision to go to Crab Orchard rather than to other parks or open areas. On the day of eclipse...More

Thank tmary86
Reviewed 11 August 2017

There is a lot to see on the Crab Orchard Refuge. It is home to a variety of wildlife including deer, Canadian geese, ducks, pelicans, and bald eagles. And, the lake is some of the best fishing in the state. The bass grow big there....More

Thank Chad H
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Crab Orchard has deer, turkeys, coyotes, eagles, orange headed black birds (unbelievable beauty) and the list goes on. The lake has many bays that are hidden from view and you feel like you are in a different place. The lake is not deep and you...More

Thank 45instructor
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

I come here often for birding and see wildlife in general. I enjoy taking pictures. The trails and roads are great. Most of the people are friendly. This is my favorite place to go and relax a bit.

Thank Whitney G
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Peaceful, with lots of birds and critters to watch and photograph There is a large lake for fishing or boating. Some observation areas as well

Thank Terri B
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Every time I go to Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge I almost always see deer. Every once in a while we will see wild turkeys as well. Great place to go camping as well.

Thank J1499CImichellel
Reviewed 12 April 2017

My husband and I recently drove through part of this wildlife refuge. We went right at noon so we did not see much wildlife. However, the short loop that you drive through is quite lovely and is a great place to spend the afternoon. We...More

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