Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, Marion

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Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge is a 43,890 acre (180 km²) National Wildlife Refuge primarily in southwestern Williamson County, but with small extensions into adjacent eastern Jackson and northeastern Union counties of southern Illinois, in the United States. Its land and water contain a wide diversity of flora and fauna. It centers on Crab Orchard Lake. Major habitat types on the refuge include hardwood forest, agricultural land, grazing units, brushland, wetlands, and lakes. Other major bodies of water on the refuge are Devil's Kitchen Lake and Little Grassy Lake.

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  • Lovely drive, great water views...went back two nights in a row to catch the sunset. Beautiful place.  more »
  • A great place to visit, nature is abundant and your almost guaranteed to see wildlife, whether it's waterfowl jumping from the lakes, cranes, ducks, geese, or an occasional eagle that lives in the...  more »

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