Wildlife Drive and Ferguson Bayou Restored Trail

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We are pleased to announce that the Wildlife Drive at Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge has reopened for the 2020 season. The Wildlife Drive will open daily through Sept. 30th. 

The popular, 6.5-mile self-guided auto tour route has been closed since the flooding event of May 19, when the refuge was inundated with floodwaters. The Wildlife Drive and Ferguson Bayou Trail were amongst critical refuge infrastructure damaged by this event. Both have been restored to full functionality.  

This summer, we anticipate occasional closures due to the replacement of a pump house along the Wildlife Drive. Please monitor our webpage and social media page (Facebook) for closure notification before your visit.   


To adhere to CDC Guidance we encourage all visitors on the Wildlife Drive and trails to stay at least 6 feet away from other visitors and staff


Note: If these provisions are not met, we may have to close the Wildlife Drive or trails to protect public and staff safety

Help Keep The Wildlife Drive Open By Adhering To The Following Guidelines:

  • Use pull-over areas when stopping to observe wildlife. Otherwise keep driving.
  • Watch for potential construction traffic.
  • Maintain at least 6 foot social distancing on trails and at observation decks.
  • Do not exceed posted speed limit of 15 miles per hour.

Report these and all other suspected violations to: 1-800-292-7800 

Note:  All public bathrooms are closed for public and employee safety.  Please check our Facebook or website for updates before you visit! 

To find information on our hiking trails visit: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Shiawassee/visit/plan_your_visit.html