Brochures & Publications


Summertime on the river is met with a great early morning sunrise. We sure hope you find your quiet spot on the river to enjoy life on the river refuge.

  • Brochures

    Links to several publications.  You can preview or print these before visiting the refuge or stop by any of the offices and pick up a hard copy of one of these.

  • Refuge Brochure

  • Hunting Brochure


    Hunting and trapping have a deep history and tradition on the refuge.  Most hunting opportunities are in wetlands, on islands, and in floodplain forest accessible mainly by boat.

  • Public Use Brochure


    Established in 1924, the refuge provides for the needs of fish, wildlife and millions of annual visitors. To conserve this special place, we ask you to observe these regulations. 

  • Canoe trails

  • Bicycle and walking trails


    Hop on your bike or just use your feet and explore the trails that wind through and along the river refuge.

  • Bird Checklist

  • Rack cards


    These double-sided pamphlets give you more information about refuge wildlife:

    Bald eagles
    Tundra Swans 

  • Lost Mound Unit of Savanna District


    Lost Mound Unit - The Savanna Army Depot is located in southwestern Jo Daviess and
    northwestern Carroll Counties,Illinois. Founded in 1917, it was used for military
    munitions manufacturing,testing, storage and recycling.
    The 13,062 acre area contains about 7,262 acres of uplands and 5,800 acres
    of bottomlands. The entire area is listed as a statewide significant natural area by the Illinois Natural Areas Inventory. At least 45 Illinois endangered
    and threatened plant and animal species have been observed