Emiquon Preserve - Get a first-hand taste of what it was like to paddle the wetlands that used to stretch throughout the Midwest. Relax with us as we observe flora as it has returned to it's natural state. Connect through the storytelling abilities of our guide, how it was when the Native people were here.
A former Illinois river bottom lake has been restored. Since its establishment in 1993, the major habitat management efforts on Emiquon Refuge have been the restoration of the historic floodplain and associated wildlife communities. Through restoration of altered habitats and protection of existing areas, Emiquon Refuge is managed to provide the diversity of native plant and animal communities found in this area prior to drainage and conversion to cropland.
Through restoration and management Emiquon Refuge provides quality backwater lake, bottomland forest, upland forest, prairie, seasonal wetland, and marsh habitat for migratory birds, fish, and resident wildlife.
Getting There . . .
Emiquon Refuge is located at the confluence of the Spoon and Illinois rivers in Fulton County, Illinois. Situated just west of Havana, Illinois, on Route 97/78, the refuge is accessible by Highway 24 from Peoria or Lewistown, and State Highway 136 from Havana, Illinois. We will discuss launching site during registration and finalization of trip.
Remember: We reserve on a first come first served basis and seating is limited so we may have opportunity to quietly enjoy some of Emiquon's treasures.
We will meet at Emiquon boat ramp. $55 per person includes 4+ hours on the water, guide, boats, pfd's, paddling instruction. Lunch, snacks and water provided at no cost.
Things you may want to bring: sunglasses, hat, comfortable clothing, shoes you can walk, and paddle in, bug repellant, hat, binoculars and sunscreen.
Please inform us of any food restrictions or allergies.