Rules and Regulations

Osprey in Red Pine

After catching a fish, osprey will fly with the fish's head facing forward and their tail to the back making it more aerodynamic. 


Please obey these special rules:

Seney National Wildlife Refuge

  • Daylight use only.
  • Pets allowed on a leash. 
  • Drones are prohibited.
  • No camping or overnight parking is allowed (see the exception for hunting).
  • Off-road vehicles are prohibited including snow mobiles.
  • Recreational trapping/fur harvesting is not allowed.
  • Fires are not allowed.
  • Boats, canoes or other flotation devices are not permitted on refuge pools.
  • Do not feed the wildlife - for their safety and yours.
  • Gathering information is below (wild edibles, pine boughs, seeds, and deer antlers).

Download the Seney National Wildlife Refuge General Brochure.

Whitefish Point Unit of Seney National Wildlife Refuge

  • Daylight use only.
  • Pets allowed on a leash (pets are not allowed in the Federally Endangered Piping Plover Nesting Area).
  • Drones are prohibited.
  • No camping.
  • Fires are not allowed.
  • Off-road vehicles are prohibited including snow mobiles.
  • Recreational trapping/fur harvesting is not allowed.
  • Hunting is not allowed.
  • Rock and drift wood collecting are not allowed.
  • Do not feed the wildlife - for their safety and yours.
  • Fishing is permitted in Lake Superior and is regulated by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
  • Hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, wildlife observation, and photography.
  • Gathering information is below (wild edibles, pine boughs, seeds, and deer antlers).

 

Gathering Opportunities and Special Rules

  • Visitors may gather wild edibles, pine boughs, white-tailed deer antlers and seeds with the following stipulations.
  • Plant products and shed antlers are for personal use only and cannot be sold or traded.
  • Harvesting of threatened, endangered or invasive species is prohibited.
  • Digging up plants is prohibited.
  • Damaging other vegetation while harvesting is prohibited.
  • Planting or cultivating plants for harvest is prohibited.
  • Use of trained animals, other than leashed dogs, to assist in shed or mushroom hunting is not permitted.
  • Evergreen boughs must be harvested within 50 feet of a road. Trees must be 15 feet tall and harvested within 6 feet of the ground. Hand saws or loppers permitted. Powered cutting tools are prohibited. Cut boughs at trunk.
  • Antlers must be natural sheds, the removal of antlers that have been sawed or still attached to a skull is prohibited.
  • The collection of evergreen boughs and antler sheds on the Whitefish Point Unit are prohibited.
  • Other than pine boughs, cutting live plants for decorative purposes is prohibited.

Harvest Limits

  • Seeds and leaves - 1 cup (8oz) combined total per day per person.
  • Pine cones - 1 gallon per day per person.
  • Mushrooms and wild berries - 5 pounds per day per person. Only 50% of an individual chaga, that can be reached from the ground, can be harvested.
  • Evergreen boughs - 2 – 50 gallon bags (the boughs may stick out of the bag) per person per day from September to April.
  • Antlers - 2 antlers per person per day.

 

 

Why We Offer Gathering?

The harvest of wild edibles, pine boughs, and deer antlers are traditional outdoor activities that foster a connection to the refuge and nature. In addition, over time the harvest of pine boughs may help with the refuge’s fire management goals. Refuge roads are used as fire breaks. By focusing on the low branches we reduce ladder fuels. These are branches near the ground that may ignite allowing fire to climb into the treetops. This makes fires harder to manage.

 

We encourage local people to harvest small quantities of seeds to plant within their yards. Seeds from Seney will do best near the refuge and expand habitat for local wildlife, particularly our native insects.