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Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 8588 Route 148, Marion, IL 62959-5822
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Lots of white pelicans

Stopped again on our way to Chicago. Not alot of birds yet, except while pelicans, which number in the 100's. A nice place for a quick drive and interested that it use to be a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 November 2016
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Gainesville, Florida
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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Stopped again on our way to Chicago. Not alot of birds yet, except while pelicans, which number in the 100's. A nice place for a quick drive and interested that it use to be a munitions manufacturing area during the war. A nice reuse.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We arrived in Marion around sunset so detoured to Crab Orchard because of the tripadvisor reviews. Very nice short drive, with white-tailed deer everywhere. Next time, we'll do the Causeway route near the water!

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

This is a large refuge with many areas to visit. We only had time for three areas and saw many hawks, two deer, a blue heron, two egrets, and cows. Strange to have a park with cattle. Fishing and camping are allowed.

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Marion, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Drive though in your car and see deer, turkeys, lots of birds, and other animals....even eagles! Big lake for fishing. Great space for bike riding or walking too. We go almost every day, Tables for picnicking, etc. The scenery is beautiful!

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Boonville, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

We went with a long- time Marion resident that goes often. We went late in the day and the deer were coming out of the woods to feed in the fields...egrets and herons were in the lakes. Some times we have seen owls and hawks, but not this trip. Drive very slowly and you will see deer in the woods,... More 

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Marion, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Love visiting this place. Love watching the wildlife enjoying their habitat. Makes me feel so relaxed.

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Elkville, Il
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

Lots of roads through this refuge, although many may be closed at certain times of the year. Usually deer and land birds and waterfowl are easy to observe. The Center also offers interesting and educational programs.

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Marion, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is some of the most beautiful space to explore! The Visitor's Center is staffed by those in the know. The displays are awesome and are fun teachable moments. Such a great spot for children and adults to explore.

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Herrin, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

My Wife and I love visiting and viewing the wildlife all seasons a great for this and fishing as well

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Great fishing spots, too many deer or small animals to count and lush vegetation.Many state parks, lakes, and local wineries to visit while here. Although bug spray is a need not a want here.

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