• 2016_annual_report

    2017 Annual Report

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

    2017 Annual Report

  • GrassyUpdateRotatorCrop

    Grassy Island Update 2017

    Read about the 2017 Grassy Island Update.

    Grassy Island Update 2017

  • Monarchs roosting at Minnesota Valley NWR by Mara Koenig/USFWS

    Overwintering Monarchs to Leave Soon

    Monarchs resting in their wintering grounds in Mexico will start moving north soon. By late May/June they should be reach Canada.

    Report Your Sightings

  • BywaystoFlyways_rotatoritem_crop2

    Byways to Flyways

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

    Get Started


Summer Internship through the MANO project

Humbug for August 1 2015 Open House

Join the refuge visitor services team this summer! Work to connect the communities in the Detroit Metro area to Nature! APPLICATIONS DUE BY MARCH 8, 2019!


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

No Humbug Hunt for 2018

Deer in Snow

The refuge will NOT be hosting a 2018 lottery, archery deer hunt on the Humbug Marsh Unit. Refuge staff are in the process of radically changing how the hunt is handled to offer a better experience for hunters. The hunt will occur again in 2019. Please check back for instructions on how to apply in July 2019.


Construction Update

Visitor Center Construction May 2016

Both the visitor center and boat dock/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