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    Save the date - May 9th

    We're excited to welcome you to the John D. Dingell Jr. Visitor Center grand opening at the Detroit River IWR Gateway site on May 9th 2020!

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    2018 Annual Report

    The 2018 Annual Report for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

    2018 Annual Report

  • Monarch Butterflies at a Sanctuary in Mexico

    Overwintering in Mexico

    The migrating monarchs began to arrive at Mexican butterfly sanctuaries on October 31. They will start there return in February or March.

    Report Your Sightings

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    Byways to Flyways

    Habitat and wildlife found along the Detroit River and Western Lake Erie offer world class opportunities for birding enthusiasts!

    Get Started


Eagle Tour 2020 Registration is CLOSED!

Bald Eagles for Eagle Tour Website

The 2020 Eagle Tour Lottery Registration has closed. Winners will be notified by January 8, 2020. Thank you for your interest in the wildlife of Southeast Michigan!

Change of Office Location! No Phones!

Our offices have been moved to a temporary facility on our journey to our future visitor center. All old office phone numbers have been permanently disabled. Please contact staff at the emails listed on the "contact us" page during this transition.

Contact Us

Come Visit Us!

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The Humbug Marsh Unit is still closed due to visitor center construction. The Fix, Strong and Gibraltar Bay units are OPEN to self guided exploration. Get out there and enjoy the trails.

Directions to Refuge Units that are open to the public

Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Video

Urban Video

The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge is proud to be a part of an incredible network of lands that allow wildlife a place to live and people a place to connect.

Refuge Video

Grand Opening!

Image of the visitor center with the Detroit River in the background courtesy USFWS

We have an official date for the John D. Dingell Visitor Center Grand Opening, May 9, 2020. Please stay off site as we are still under construction. Check back here for future updates!

Summer Internship Opportunity!

Summer Internship through the MANO project

Humbug for August 1 2015 Open House

Join the refuge visitor services team this summer! Work to connect the communities in the Detroit Metro area to Nature! APPLICATIONS DUE BY MARCH 1, 2020!


About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS