Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge was established December 29, 1993, with the purchase of its first 284 acres. The refuge is being assembled to protect, restore, and manage migratory bird, fish, and resident wildlife habitat in the Illinois River Valley, while providing for increased public recreation and educational opportunities.
The Fulton and Mason County area's ability to support an abundance of fish and wildlife and the popularity of traditional outdoor activities once made the area the tourism capital of Illinois. 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.
Emiquon Refuge is part of the Illinois River National Wildlife Refuge Complex, with headquarters at Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, in Havana, Illinois.