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Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 8588 Route 148, Marion, IL 62959-5822
Phone Number: 618-997-3344
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Beautiful and Calming

Love visiting this place. Love watching the wildlife enjoying their habitat. Makes me feel so relaxed.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
tooney1127
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Marion, Illinois

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Marion, Illinois
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Love visiting this place. Love watching the wildlife enjoying their habitat. Makes me feel so relaxed.

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Elkville, Il
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99 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of roads through this refuge, although many may be closed at certain times of the year. Usually deer and land birds and waterfowl are easy to observe. The Center also offers interesting and educational programs.

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Thank orangysfriend
Marion, Illinois, United States
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44 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is some of the most beautiful space to explore! The Visitor's Center is staffed by those in the know. The displays are awesome and are fun teachable moments. Such a great spot for children and adults to explore.

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Thank Joyce S
Herrin, Illinois
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29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

My Wife and I love visiting and viewing the wildlife all seasons a great for this and fishing as well

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Thank Jerry D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Great fishing spots, too many deer or small animals to count and lush vegetation.Many state parks, lakes, and local wineries to visit while here. Although bug spray is a need not a want here.

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Thank Nicole R
Atlanta, Georgia
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51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

This place is just a hot, buggy swamp and forest area. There might be some interesting wildlife, but the signage is very dated and in June this place is miserably buggy and hot. Don't go out of your way for this.

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Thank GenPDP7
Bloomington, Indiana
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Great place to view wildlife, especially birds. There are many areas to pull off and view the lake and wildlife. Some of them are very quiet and relaxing.

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Thank NativeHoosier67
Cudahy WI
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300 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

We were staying nearby and decided to check out this new-to-us refuge. Nice trails. Helpful staff at the visitors center.

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Thank Peter P
Johnston City, Illinois
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54 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

As part of the Shawnee National Forest, Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge is just another one of the great outdoor places to explore in the area. Southern Illinois is an outdoorsmans paradise with incredible natural wonders to be found all around. Check it out.

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Thank gmitchell91
Royalton, Illinois
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34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

Take the family on an adventure to see wildlife, have a picnic, hang out by the lake or maybe even see some eagles.

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