Eastern Fox Snake in Vegetation

Eastern Fox Snake picture taken by Gary O'Boyle 


The refuge offers several trail systems that highlight the unique features of the area.  Trails are open year round except for days during hunting periods. Outside of hunting closures, trails are open seven days a week, during daylight hours only.  Download Shiawassee NWR Trail System Map (PDF file - 2 KB).  No pets or horses are allowed on any of the trails.  

Do you know what poison ivy looks like? Download the "Poisonous" Plants Brochure (PDF file - 454 KB) to help you identify poison ivy and other "poisonous" plants.

Trail Systems

The Woodland Trail, located off of Center and Stroebel Roads on the north side of the refuge, offers over 4.5 miles of trails.  These rather primitive trails wind through bottomland hardwood forest and take you past historic landmarks left from the coal mining industry in the early 1900's.  Popular with mountain bikers, hikers and cross-country skiers.  Trail use may be limited due to seasonal flooding and wet conditions. Download Woodland Trail Map (PDF file - 247 KB).

The Ferguson Bayou Trail, located at the west end of Curtis Road on the south side of the refuge, offers over 4.5 miles of trails.  This trail follows graveled roads on the tops of dikes and offers views of croplands, sloughs, forests, fields, wetlands, and pools.  Two observation towers, equipped with spotting scopes, are located along this trail so you can take a closer look at ducks, geese, deer, and other wildlife.  Popular with hikers, skiers, and casual bicyclers. Download Ferguson Bayou Trail Map (PDF file - 246 KB).

The Wildlife Drive (Auto Tour Route) - CLOSED until Summer 2021

The refuge’s auto tour route, the Wildlife Drivewill open June 1st at Sunrise. The Wildlife Drive is typically open from June 1st - September 30th, from sunrise to one hour before sunset. Please note that the route may be closed due to flooding, soft roads, or other special conditions such as events or wildlife needs, like nesting bald eagles. 

The Wildlife Drive meanders past forests, grasslands, marshes, open water pools, and the Shiawassee River. Visitors will have more opportunities to see a great diversity of wildlife.  Download a Wildlife Drive Map and Information Sheet (PDF file - 627 KB). 

  • The usage of bikes are prohibited on the Wildlife Drive.
  • Check out this recent feature on the Wildlife Drive covered by the Saginaw News:

 Wildlife Drive Hours (CLOSED until Summer 2021)

 June  July   Aug.   Sept. 
Gate Open: 6:00am   6:15am  6:45am    7:15am
Gate Close: 8:15pm  8:10pm    7:35pm    6:45pm
Must Exit By: 9:15pm   9:10pm    8:35pm    7:45pm


Green Point Environmental Learning Center, located in Saginaw, offers over 2.5 miles of trails.  These trails wind through a bottomland hardwood forest and offer views of forest, fields, wetlands, and the Tittabawassee River. Trail surfaces range from mowed grass to woodchips to gravel.   Various groups use the trail system for educational purposes.  Bicycles are not allowed on Green Point's trails.  Popular trail with hikers and skiers.  Trail use may be limited due to seasonal flooding and wet conditions. Download Green Point Environmental Learning Center Trail Map (PDF file - 131 KB).