Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge

19031 East County Road 2110N Havana IL 62644-6372
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Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1936 for the main purpose of providing sanctuary for the millions of birds that migrate along the Illinois River. Today, Chautauqua refuge provides sanctuary and breeding ground for migratory birds, fish and other wildlife. The refuge has been designated as an Important Bird Area, accepted into the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network and designated as a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance. The refuge is part of the traditional homeland of the Illinois people, past and present.

Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge offers a variety of recreational activities, from birding and wildlife watching to hunting and fishing. Step out onto one of our many viewing platforms to see why the refuge is a regionally and globally Important Bird Area

Photo Credit: Emily Hodapp/USFWS


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