Seney National Wildlife Refuge

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Seney National Wildlife Refuge

Michigan

(906) 586-9851

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Overview

Seney National Wildlife Refuge protects 95,212 acres of diverse wetland and upland habitats that support a wide variety of wildlife. The refuge consists of marshes, fens, and bogs; coniferous and northern hardwood forests; upland barrens and meadows; and a 25,000-acre Wilderness Area. Approximately 65% of the refuge is wetland. The refuge supports an array of both wetland and upland wildlife species such as bald eagles, ospreys, loons, otters, beavers, black bears,white-tailed deer, and wolves. More than 6,400 acres of open water are managed in 21 major pools. Dogs are allowed in the refuge provided that they are kept on a leash. Seney Refuge offers a range of programs, events, tours, facilities, and opportunities that make it "A Great Place to Watch Wildlife." Five satellite refuges are managed from Seney: Kirtland's Warbler, Huron Islands, Michigan Islands, Whitefish Point, and Harbor Islands.

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Latitude, Longitude: 46.280530, -86.079254

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Activities

  • Boating

    Canoeing is allowed on the Manistique and Driggs Rivers. The Manistique River flows through the southern portion of the Refuge and offers paddlers an enjoyable trip. Due to numerous snags, shallow water, limited access by road, and no camping allowed, the Driggs is not recommended for canoeing. Boats or flotation devices of any kind are not allowed on the Refuge pools.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The Marshland Wildlife Drive is a seven-mile self-guided auto tour and is open during daylight hours from May 15 through October 15. Observation decks offer wheelchair accessible scopes to view wildlife on the pools.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is permitted on the refuge in designated areas, with a Michigan fishing license.

  • Hiking

    The Pine Ridge Nature trail is open year-round during daylight hours. This 1.2-mile trail starts at Visitor Center and takes visitors through a wide variety of habitats. All backcountry roads are open to hiking. Trails are only open during daylight hours.

  • Hunting

    Upland game hunting is available during state seasons in specified areas of the refuge.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Animals you may spot during your trip include white-tailed deer, bald eagles, coyotes and red foxes.

  • Winter Sports

    The Northern Hardwoods Cross Country Ski Area includes more than 9 miles of trails groomed for classic cross-country skiing through hardwood forests, marshes, and along the frozen Manistique River. Trails usually are groomed weekly.

Seasonality/Weather

The Visitor Center is open from May 15 through October 15. The Northern Hardwoods Cross Country Ski Trails are generally groomed weekly if there has been sufficient snowfall. Snowshoeing is permitted everywhere on the refuge except ski trails.

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Directions

Driving

The refuge headquarters and visitor center are located in the east-central Upper Peninsula of Michigan on highway M-77, five miles south of Seney, or two miles north of Germfask.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(906) 586-9851

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