Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes
For most of the 20th century, the 2,600 acres of river floodplain were drained by farmers seeking to grow corn and soybeans. In 2001, the Wetlands Initiative reversed this destruction by turning off the pumps and beginning ecological restoration. Within months more than 1,000 acres of lakes reappeared, filled only by groundwater and precipitation. Since then restoration efforts have continued and native flora and fauna have exploded at the site. Get a birds eye view from the observation tower.
ennepin Farms Road and Route 26
- Hennepin, IL 60604
- 41.21619000, -89.32144000
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