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Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge

#1 of 18 things to do in Marion Features Animals
8588 Route 148, Marion, IL 62959-5822
+1 618-997-3344
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Wow! What a breathtaking view!

This wildlife refuge is so beautiful. It is swampy and full of greenery. The water level is high... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Los Angeles, California
via mobile
Well organized and pleasant staff made it an awesome place to watch the eclipse

The website published a map with numbered viewing sites, complete with description of each site... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Madison, Wisconsin
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8588 Route 148, Marion, IL 62959-5822
+1 618-997-3344
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Reviewed yesterday 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 yesterday

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 12 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

1  Thank Fiery2015
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

This is a very nice area for riding bikes. We park at the refuge office and take our bikes into the refuge. The "loop" that most people ride is about 6 miles round trip. The nice thing is that you see the various wildlife and...More

2  Thank Kingcrabb65
Reviewed 3 April 2017

If you love the outdoors this is a place to see! I like the trails and wildlife viewing platforms. Wolf Creek area is one of my favorite. I have seen deer, fox, bobcat, pheasant, quail, beaver, wild boar, turkeys, pelicans, as well as, many water...More

Thank Sue C
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