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Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge

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Great place to take the kids / grandkids

I went to the visitor center with my 6 year old grandson. It was a weekday morning and no one else... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2018
Mr and Mrs Combs

Crab Orchard has plenty to offer. There is wildlife viewing, fishing, hiking. A viewing area with... read more

Reviewed 21 July 2018
Doug C
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8588 Route 148, Marion, IL 62959-5822
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Reviewed 29 August 2018

I went to the visitor center with my 6 year old grandson. It was a weekday morning and no one else was in the place. The ranger was SUPER FRIENDLY and my grandson loved every minute of it!

Thank S M
Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

Crab Orchard has plenty to offer. There is wildlife viewing, fishing, hiking. A viewing area with binoculars on a platform to see all the wildlife, from Bald Eagles, to waterfowl, deer, small animals like Badgers, squirrel, rabbits, to beaver's. If your lucky you might see...More

1  Thank Doug C
Reviewed 10 July 2018

I've been to the refuge on several occasions; fall is the best when they sometimes open the restricted areas and allow you to tour the area; fall through spring is great for watching the wildlife.

Thank Chuck J
Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile

Very nice wildlife refuge to fish, hunt, view wildlife, picnic, etc. Includes three lakes from 810 to 6965 acres. Part of the refuge is closed to the public, and a user pass is required for the open portion. The visitor center can be contacted at...More

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Reviewed 21 April 2018

We intended to do some hiking here at Crab Orchard but the day didn't go as planned nor was the weather cooperative. Since we were in the area anyway we still went and just explored by car. Without trying too hard we were able to...More

1  Thank DuneBug2
Reviewed 13 April 2018

If you like nature, you can find something here. Didn't have a whole lot of time as it was going to rain but got in a marked walk. Downloaded maps off the internet and picked out a few trails. Also drove around a bit and...More

1  Thank jr2017H2O
Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

So many sites to see. The eagles' nest is at the top of the list to the majestic bucks. There are bucks of all size racks and that includes the monsters. The spotted fawns are precious. Fishing by boat is best to view all of...More

Thank Beverly S
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Summer or Winter evenings are the best time to travel through the Refuge. Wildlife really starts to come out, birds are getting ready to nest for the night and the area is often less crowded.

Thank R J Mike N
Reviewed 8 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

1  Thank alm711
Reviewed 8 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 Jessica H
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9 April 2018|
Response from Beverly S | Reviewed this property |
On a leash. Be aware that a deer may jump out and startle a dog. Lots of turkeys to see this time of year. Enjoyy your trip. .