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Michigan Islands National Wildlife Refuge is closed to the public. This refuge is a breeding ground for colonial waterbirds and hosts several sensitive plant communities, therefore we do not allow the public to access these islands.

Other Facilities in the Complex

Michigan Islands National Wildlife Refuge is managed by Seney and Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuges. Seney National Wildlife Refuge staff manages the islands in Lake Michigan; Shoe, Pismire, Hat and Gull Islands. Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge staff manages the islands in Lake Huron; Scarecrow, Crooked, Big and Little Charity and Sugar Islands.

Rules and Policies

All islands of the Michigan Islands National Wildlife Refuge are closed to the public due to their value to colonial nesting waterbirds and sensitive plant communities. Special Use Permits may be issued for approved purposes. The only exceptions are emergency landings by boats in distress.

  • Scarecrow, Shoe and Pismire Islands of the Michigan Islands National Wildlife Refuge are designated federal wilderness areas
  • Special Use Permits may be issued for approved purposes.

Locations

Michigan Islands National Wildlife Refuge
Seney National Wildlife Refuge 1674 Refuge Entrance Road Seney, MI 49883-9509