Michigan Wetland Management District includes five waterfowl production areas located in the southern Lower Peninsula of Michigan. The district is managed through the Michigan Private Lands Office in East Lansing. The office is located at 2651 Coolidge Road, approximately 0.3-mile north of Lake Lansing Road, and 0.3-mile east of US127 (exit 179).
The 160-acre Schlee area is in Jackson County on the north side of Page Road approximately 6 miles east of US127 on the east side of Jackson. The 138-acre Malan area in Jackson County is on the south side of Tophith Road about 2 miles from the northeast corner of the county. The 77-acre Kinney area in southeast Van Buren County is about 3.5 south of Lawton, on the south side of Route 352. The 160-acre Edger area in Barry County is 4.5 miles west of Hastings, on the north side of route M-179. The Schoonover area in western Lenawee County is about 8 miles southeast of Hudson on the south side of Medina Road.Michigan Private Lands Office/Wetland Management District2651 Coolidge Road, Suite 101East Lansing, MI 48823Phone Number: 517/351-4230Email: Jim_Hudgins@fws.gov
Each waterfowl production area is open for public use throughout the year. The areas range in size from 77 to 160 acres. We encourage you to take an hour or two to explore the wetlands, grasslands and woodlands on these areas. There are no restrooms or other facilities on the areas other than a parking lot.
We encourage you to explore the areas. Binoculars, cameras and field guides are helpful tools to bring along. The areas may have mosquitos and ticks. Please consider using insect repellant and wearing protective clothing. There are no designated hiking trails, so please enjoy but explore with caution. The terrain is uneven so wear comfortable shoes or boots. Sunscreen and drinking water may help make your trip more enjoyable.
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The mallard, a dabbling duck, uses shallow wetlands and grasslands to feed. The birds strain food particles from the water with their bill, upend to reach deeper foods, or graze on land.