Welcome to the Experience Emiquon Website

The Emiquon Restoration
The Emiquon Restoration Photo © Byron Jorjorian


Experience Emiquon is a cooperative effort between Dickson Mounds Museum, The Nature Conservancy, UIS Therkildsen Field Station, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Illinois Natural History Survey. This site was created to provide information on the restoration of the Emiquon Nature Preserve and the Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge, and as a place to post information on public events and opportunities relating to Emiquon.

Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds Public Announcement

PUBLIC NOTICE: The well-being of our staff, volunteers, guests and their families is our highest priority. To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Illinois State Museum system has temporarily closed all locations  – Springfield, Lewistown, and Lockport – effective Saturday, March 14, 2020. All special events and programming are also canceled through June 30. Please continue to visit our website for future updates.


Boating and Fishing Permits for the Nature Conservancy's Emiquon Preserve

Due to the closure of Dickson Mounds Museum, boating and fishing permits are available at the small shed at the boat launch parking lot in the Emiquon Preserve's Visitor Use Area.


Featured Events





What's Happening Right Now?

Filming is under way for a presentation on Emiquon to appear in the Dickson Mounds Emiquon Exhibit gallery, presently in the planning stages. Shown below is a short clip of the video, produced by WTVP, Peoria Public Television.

Also check out the action in the video below, captured by Jane Garrison Ward of the February 2011 snow geese migration through Emiquon.