Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges will remain open to the public.

For local conditions review the information on this website and call ahead.

If visiting one of our location, please ensure public health and safety by following guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities. You can do this by maintaining social distancing, avoiding overcrowding and excercising good hygiene.


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    Public Restrooms Closed

    As a public health precaution, the Refuge has temporarily closed public restrooms for the safety of staff & visitors.

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    Recreating Safely on the Refuge

    The Refuge remains a great place to explore. Please remember closed areas are closed and all federal regulations still apply.

    Visit FWS COVID-19 Response Page...

  • Male Deer Drinking Water - entitled "Reflections" by Jeff Novess

    Wildlife Drive: Closed For the Year

    The Wildlife Drive has closed for the year. Usage prohibited for hiking, biking, observation or other activities.

    More Closure Info...

  • River by Lisa Williams / USFWS

    Settlement Reached with Dow Chemical Co.

    Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge will play a key role in providing wildlife habitat restoration.

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  • Egret in Flight by Thomas Itoney

    Volunteer at the Refuge

    Have you wanted to get involved. Volunteer at your National Wildlife Refuge.

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Wildlife Drive is Currently Closed

Milkweed Pod Al Martinez

The Wildlife Drive is closed to preserve for the most vital time for migrant waterfowl. We anticipate opening on June 1st.

Wildlife Drive and Hiking Trail Closures

Partners Year in Review

Common Gallinule  captured by Al Martinez - Copy

View the Story Map for the Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program Year in Review.

Year in Review

Volunteer Opportunities at the Refuge

Picture of Wood duck eggs by Lionel D. Grant /USFWS

Lend your talents, enthusiasm and some of your time! Find out how to volunteer!

Get Involved
Michigan Junior Duck Stamp

Michigan 2020 Junior Duck Stamp Program & Contest

2019 BOS Homepage

The Michigan Junior Duck Stamp Program blends science curriculum and art to create a pattern in youth that leans toward conservation thinking. The Michigan JDS contest portion is free to enter. Each year thousands of students participate in their state’s program nationwide.

Contest Info and Previous Winners

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS