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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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Lots to See

There is a lot to see on the Crab Orchard Refuge. It is home to a variety of wildlife including... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chad H
Marion, Illinois
Beauty in the backyard

Crab Orchard has deer, turkeys, coyotes, eagles, orange headed black birds (unbelievable beauty... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Energy, IL
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8588 Route 148, Marion, IL 62959-5822
+1 618-997-3344
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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 1 week 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 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 13 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
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.

1  Thank Richard R
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!

1  Thank rollngstone
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