More than 200,000 waterfowl make a stop at the refuge each fall and spring as they migrate along the Mississippi Flyway. Located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, this refuge provides a unique opportunity to experience the wildlife that are attracted to the backwaters and bottomland forests. From November through mid-March, head out to the refuge and you might see bald eagle soaring the skies! Anglers will enjoy fishing from the banks or by boat. The shallow waters of Swan Lake are best accessed by canoe or kayak. While the Batchtown division is a popular place to catch crappie and catfish. Hiking is available on a 3 mile trail at Gilbert Lake, a new 0.5-mile nature trail, and along levees, which offer great places to see herons, beaver, and turtles. Levees may be closed during fall for migratory birds.