Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge


Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge
137 Rustic Campus Drive
Ullin, IL 62992
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Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge is located in southernmost Illinois, within the Cache River Watershed. The refuge was established in 1990 under the Emergency Wetlands Resource Act of 1986 to protect, restore, and manage wetlands and bottomland forests that provide habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds, resident wildlife, and endangered and threatened species. Currently, the refuge protects 15,000 acres, with the vision of a 35,000-acre contiguous tract of land connected by remnants of cypress-tupelo swamps, oak barrens, and vast stands of bottomland forests. The refuge and surrounding Cache River Wetlands are considered Illinois’ Bayou – a large swamp/wetland complex in the Midwest which harbors a rich collection of biologically significant natural communities.