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Shiawassee
National Wildlife Refuge


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6975 Mower Road
Saginaw, MI   48601
E-mail: shiawassee@fws.gov
Phone Number: 989-777-5930
Visit the Refuge's Web Site:
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/shiawassee/
More than 100 songbird species, including the northern cardinal, have been seen on the refuge.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
The refuge manages the Green Point Environmental Learning Center in a cooperative venture with the City of Saginaw, MI. The Center provides programs in environmental education to youths and adults of the surrounding area.

Fishing
Fishing is available by boat on navigable waterways flowing through the refuge. Boat access into the marsh and pool units of the refuge is not allowed. Bank fishing is available at designated spots along the Tittabawassee River at Green Point Environmental Learning Center and off the Woodland Trail and along the Cass River at the M-13 Access Area and the Cass River Unit in Bridgeport. A boat launch is also available on the Cass River at Highway M-13.

Hunting
Portions of the refuge are open to goose and deer hunting by special permit. Through partnerships, the refuge offers a Youth Educational Deer Hunt and a Non-Ambulatory Deer Hunt for hunters confined to wheel chairs.

Interpretation
Green Point Environmental Learning Center has interpretive displays inside an accessible building and vegetation demonstration plots outside. Interpretive signage helps guide hikers along the Ferguson Bayou Trail, a National Recreation Trail.

Wildlife Observation
Over 10 miles of trails are available to the public for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and the general enjoyment of America's wildlife heritage on the Ferguson Bayou Trail (off of Curtis Road), Woodland Trail (off of Stroebel Road), and trails at the Cass River Unit in Bridgeport. Green Point Environmental Learning Center offers more than 2 miles of trails for hiking and cross country skiing; bikes are not allowed.

Three wildlife observation platforms are available along the Ferguson Bayou Trail, two with spotting scopes. Two permanent photo blinds are also available here. Green Point Environmental Learning Center has wildlife viewing areas that visitors can enjoy from inside the building.




Hours
Refuge Headquarters - Open 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Green Point Environmental Learning Center - Open 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Trails - Open daily, dawn to dusk (year-round, except during hunting periods).

Entrance Fees
This refuge does not require an entrance fee. Federal Duck Stamps ($15.00); America the Beautiful Senior Pass ($10) - for those 62 years of age or older; and America the Beautiful Access Pass (Free) - for the blind or permanently disabled are available at the Refuge Headquarters.

Use Fees
There is a $4 fee for goose hunting and a $10 fee for deer hunting. America the Beautiful Senior and Access Pass holders are entitled to 1/2 price use fees for goose hunting.
 
 
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