National Wildlife Refuge
|6975 Mower Road
Saginaw, MI 48601
Phone Number: 989-777-5930
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|More than 100 songbird species, including the northern cardinal, have been seen on the refuge.|
Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge
All or portions of the refuge are closed due to flooding. Please contact the refuge before visiting.
Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge is located in central lower Michigan, approximately 25 miles south of Saginaw Bay. It was established in 1953 to provide habitat for migratory waterfowl.
Known locally as the "Shiawassee Flats," the refuge lies in the Saginaw Bay watershed, historically one of the largest and most productive wetland ecosystems in Michigan. Four rivers converge on the refuge - the Tittabawassee, Flint, Cass, and Shiawassee.
Getting There . . .
The refuge headquarters is 5 miles south of Saginaw. From I-75, take the Bridgeport exit and turn west onto Dixie Highway; go 1/2 mile. Turn left onto Fort Road, and go about 2 miles. Turn west onto Curtis Road, and go about 4 miles to refuge headquarters.
The Green Point Environmental Learning Center is in the southwest corner of Saginaw. From I-75, take the M-46 West/Holland Ave. exit, and go 5 miles. Turn left onto Michigan Avenue, and go 1 mile. Turn left onto Maple Street, and go 1/2 mile to the Center.
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Refuge staff oversee a diverse management program that includes water level management, controlled burning, hunting, bird banding, timber cutting, and tree planting. Two of the more complex activities are farming and mosquito control. The refuge is authorized to expand its present boundaries by 7,500 acres along the Tittabawassee, Shiawassee, and Cass rivers from willing sellers.
Refuge staff oversee more than 100 conservation easements on private property, totaling more than 5,000 acres in 45 counties in central and southern Michigan. The refuge also assists landowners in a 22-county area with wetland restorations. Most of these restorations occur in Sanilac and Lapeer Counties, located in the "thumb" area of Michigan.
Shiawassee Refuge is responsible for managing a portion of the Michigan Islands Refuge within Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay, including Thunder Bay, Scarecrow, and the Charity Islands.