Plan Your Visit

Sailboats anchored in the harbor.

The only access to Harbor Island National Wildlife Refuge is by boat or over the ice in the winter.

Directions, Address & Contact Info

Harbor Island National Wildlife Refuge is located in Potagannissing Bay of Lake Huron, north of Drummond Island. Access is by boat only. There are public boat ramps at De Tour Village and on Drummond Island. The refuge is not staffed and is managed by the Seney National Wildlife Refuge. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. There is no entrance fee. 

Harbor Island National Wildlife Refuge
1674 Refuge Entrance Road
Seney, MI 49883
Phone Number: 906-586-9851
Refuge Lands Hours: Daily dawn until dusk for approved activities.

Points of Interest

At this time there are no established trails or other infrastructure at Harbor Island National Wildlife Refuge. The interior bay of Harbor Island is a popular boating destination, with a nice sandy bottom for easy anchoring. Many people enjoy exploring the interior of the island by foot or the waters surrounding the island by boat, kayak or canoe.

Know Before You Go

Remember to Bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Bug Spray / Head Net
  • Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable shoes for walking/hiking
  • Life Jacket
  • Maps
  • Binoculars
  • Guidebooks

The only access to the island is by boat or over the ice during the winter. Take the proper precautions to ensure you are protected against the elements and boat safely to and from the island.