Rules and Regulations

Gull Island

  • Scarecrow, Shoe and Pismire Islands of the Michigan Islands NWR are designated Federal Wilderness Areas (PDF file size 1.7 MB)
  • All islands of the Michigan Islands NWR are closed to the public due to their value to colonial nesting waterbirds. Special Use Permits may be issued for approved purposes. The only exceptions are emergency landings by boats in distress. 
  • Wildlife observation and photography are welcome off-shore. Boats should remain a reasonable distance from the islands so they do not disturb nesting birds.