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    2017 Annual Report

    Check out the 2017 Annual Report for the only International Wildlife Refuge in North America!

    2017 Annual Report

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    Grassy Island Update 2017

    Read about the 2017 Grassy Island Update.

    Grassy Island Update 2017

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    As Monarchs Head North

    Monarchs are on their way north. As milkweed plants begin to grow watch for eggs and caterpillars.

    Report Your Sightings

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    Byways to Flyways

    Habitat and wildlife found along the Detroit River and Western Lake Erie offer world class opportunities for birding enthusiasts!

    Get Started


2018 Detroit HawkWatch Season Summary

Detroit River HawkWatch logo hawk flying over the Detroit River

The 2018 HawkWatch Summary is available! Check out what they counted in the skies above us this past season!

2018 Detroit River HawkWatch Season Summary

Detroit River welcomes new Refuge Manager

Susan White Welcome to Region 3

The Midwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service welcomes Susan White as the new Refuge Manager to the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge!

Learn more about Refuge Manager Susan White

Come Visit Us!

Fix Scenic 3

The Humbug Marsh Unit is still closed due to visitor center construction. The Fix, Strong and Gibraltar Bay units are OPEN to self guided exploration. Get out there and enjoy the trails.

Directions to Refuge Units that are open to the public

Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Video

Urban Video

The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge is proud to be a part of an incredible network of lands that allow wildlife a place to live and people a place to connect.

Refuge Video

Construction Update

Image of the visitor center with the Detroit River in the background courtesy USFWS

Both the visitor center and boat dock and fishing pier are still under construction. We do not have a set date for completion. At this time, there is no public entry allowed. Keep checking back as we will update this site as soon as construction is completed.

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