Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Woodlands along backwater sloughs and lakes provide habitat for nesting waterfowl and their broods. Water levels on areas called moist soil units are manipulated to encourage natural development of vegetation for wildlife. Local farmers plant corn, soybeans and wheat on specific areas under cooperative agreements, leaving a share of the crops in the fields for wildlife.
White-tailed deer, squirrel, raccoon, opossum, bobwhite quail, rabbit, beaver and muskrat in addition to numerous bird species are common to the Batchtown Division. The greatest attractions, however, are the annual waterfowl and bald eagle migrations. Each fall and winter thousands of ducks and geese and numerous bald eagles migrate through the area stopping on the refuge for food and shelter.
The Batchtown Division is open to sport fishing. Access to backwater areas is from the Prairie Pond parking area. A Mississippi River access area is located at the southwest parking area.
Bluegill, crappie and catfish are the most common catch in the backwater areas. State fishing regulations apply. Commercial fishing is not permitted.
Wildlife observation, photography and nut, berry and mushroom gathering are also permitted. All other activities are prohibited without specific authorization.
Wildlife-related public use is permitted and encouraged so long as it does not conflict with the refuge's primary purpose of providing migratory birds with food and shelter during their migrations.
To provide an undisturbed rest area for waterfowl, bald eagles and other birds, all but the Visitor Contact Station and office at the Calhoun Division is closed annually from October 15th through December 15th.
Refuge Manager Two Rivers NWR Box 107 Brussels, Illinois 62013 Telephone: 618/883-2524 Visitor Contact Station and Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through FridayThis resource is based on the following source:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 1988. Batchtown division, Mark Twain National Wildlife Refuge, Illinois. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Unpaginated.This resource should be cited as:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 1988. Batchtown division, Mark Twain National Wildlife Refuge, Illinois. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Unpaginated. Jamestown, ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online. http://www.npwrc.usgs.govbrussgen.htm (Version 30DEC2002).