Seney National Wildlife Refuge hosts an annual peoples' choice Photo Contest. Entries must be postmarked by August 31st each year. From September 10 to October 20 the public can vote on their favorite photos in person at the Visitor Center or online.
Fishing on the refuge pools closes September 30th. Fishing is permitted on all stretches of the following rivers and streams during regular state seasons: Walsh Creek and Ditch, Creighton, Driggs and Manistique Rivers. The refuge is open from dawn until dusk.
September 30th is the last day the Fishing Loop is open. Starting October 1st the Fishing Loop will be closed to all traffic, including foot and bike traffic. This is to provide a place for migrating birds to rest undisturbed. Birds that live on the refuge throughout the summer months are often times accustomed to people and cars. Birds that stop at the refuge during migration are easily disturbed. These birds need their energy to complete their long flight. This is the reason for the closure of the Fishing Loop at an earlier date than the Marshland Wildlife Drive.
Take a beautiful float down the Manistique River and see the fall colors. Join refuge staff for a 4-5 hour canoe/kayak trip October 1st, 2016. Early October is a beautiful time to visit the refuge as the leaves will be changing color. Pack a lunch, dress for the weather (could be warm or cool), and remember to pre-register so we know that you're coming. Bring your own boat or rent one from one of the local outfitters. This year the Fall Color Float will depart from the Northland Outfitters in Germfask, MI at 11 am. Please be ready to depart at that time.
Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week October 8th to 15th. Visit your National Wildlife Refuge and see what it has to offer. The Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Marshland Wildlife Drive is open from dawn to dusk.
Youth in the Outdoors will be held Saturday, October 8th, 2016 so save the date! There will be several different activities to choose from which include mini sessions, long sessions, and half day sessions. If you have kids, grandkids, friends with kids, or are a kid, and you want to participate send an email to Danielle_Weng@fws.gov to be added to our mailing list and registration materials will be sent to you in September. A $5 registration fee are required.
Would you like to get more out of your trip to Seney National Wildlife Refuge? Some wildlife can be difficult to see, but trained staff and volunteers know where to look or listen. Join us fall mornings Fridays September 9th and 23rd and October 14th at 10:00 am to experience a guided tour of the refuge. The tour will take approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours. We will be on the lookout for a variety of wildlife while sharing information on the animals we see, the history of the refuge and current management practices.
October 20th is the last Day the Marshland Wildlife Drive and Visitor Center are open. Beginning on October 21st the Visitor Center and Marshland Wildlife Drive will be closed for the winter. Just because the Visitor Center and Marshland Wildlife Drive are closed, it doesn't mean you can't visit the refuge. There are a number of fun activities you can participate in over the winter at the refuge.
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