About the Refuge

Seney Sunset

Photographers do a wonderful job at capturing the beauty of Seney National Wildlife Refuge.


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
(906)586-9851 voice
(906)586-3800 fax

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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N 46˚17.298'
W 085˚56.678'

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Hours and Dates of Operation

The visitor center will close August 28 and is scheduled to be replaced. Temporary hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday as staffing allows.

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 closed.

The refuge is open daily from dawn until dusk for approved activities.

There is no charge to visit the refuge.