Seney National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1935 as a refuge
and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. The wild land that
today is the refuge has not always appeared so wild. This is a land that was
once heavily logged, burned, ditched, drained and cultivated. Despite repeated
attempts, the soils and harsh conditions of this country would not provide a
hospitable environment for sustained settlement and agriculture. So, nature claimed
it once again. What was viewed as a loss by early 20th century entrepreneurs
became a huge gain for the wildlife, natural resources and the people of
Michigan’s eastern Upper Peninsula.
Seney National Wildlife Refuge is located in the
east-central portion of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, halfway between Lake
Superior and Lake Michigan. The 95,238 acre refuge encompasses the 25,150 acre Seney
Wilderness Area, which contains the Strangmoor Bog National Natural Landmark.
The Whitefish Point Unit of the Seney National Wildlife
Refuge is located nearly 80 miles away from the headquarters. This 53-acre
tract is renowned for its concentrations of birds during migration. Each year
thousands of raptors, passerines and waterbirds funnel through the point, stopping
here to replenish energy reserves before or after venturing across Lake
Superior. The area is recognized as a Globally Important Bird Area for birds
migrating between the US and Canada.
Learn more about Globally Important Bird Areas.
Refuge Contact Information:
Seney National Wildlife Refuge
1674 Refuge Entrance Rd.
Seney, MI 49883
People with hearing impairments can reach Seney through the Federal Information Relay System at 1-800-877-8339.
General Refuge Brochure
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Hours and Dates of Operation
The Visitor Center is open May 15 to October 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily including all federal holidays.
The Marshland Wildlife Drive is open May 15 to October 20 during daylight hours including all federal holidays.
The Fishing Loop is open May 15 to September 30 during daylight hours including all federal holidays.
The Headquarters office is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed for all federal holidays.
The refuge is open daily from dawn until dusk for approved activities.
There is no charge to visit the refuge.