Marshland Wildlife Drive and Fishing Loop Closed 2022

Seney National Wildlife Refuge is repairing four bridges and water control structures on both the Marshland Wildlife Drive and Fishing Loop. The drives will be closed to all public access (vehicles, bikes, and foot traffic) when the repairs begin. We expect repairs to begin in early May. Check back for updates. Other access points are still available.

The Seney National Wildlife Refuge and its Whitefish Point Unit are nestled in the eastern portion of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Slow down, relax and unwind as you enjoy winding roads, beautiful vistas and the local wildlife that populate these forests, wetlands and waters. These tracts of land are a birders paradise with abundant populations of trumpeter swans, common loons, osprey, bald eagles and hundreds of other bird species. Visitors may spot red fox, deer, bear, porcupine, fisher or other mammals on or near the refuge. So, stop by and enjoy your public lands.
This rendering shows a birdseye view the main entry of the new visitor center and office.
2022 Seney National Wildlife Refuge Construction Projects and Closures

Seney National Wildlife Refuge was fortunate enough to be one of the recipients of the Great American Outdoor Act Funds. These funds will allow us to complete much needed work on several refuge structures which have been on a maintenance backlog. Learn more...

Visit Us

The refuge offers people a chance to unplug and relax. Locals can enjoy regular trips to the refuge and enjoy the change of seasons. Travelers can stop in during their long trek across the Upper Peninsula and stretch their legs by taking a walk, dogs are welcome. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the wide variety of activities available at the refuge. Stop in at the visitor center and seeing the exhibits. Shop for refuge gear and books at the Marshland Bookstore. Observe and photograph wildlife. Go to fishing and hunting. Take in a program. Teachers bring your students for a field trip. Or grab a basket and come foraging for wild edibles.

Location and Contact Information

      Our Species

      Trumpter swan at Seney National Wildlife Refuge courtesy of John Hysell.

      The refuge's diversity of habitats provides homes for a wide array of life. As you explore look and listen. Many animals may be difficult to spot, but by watching for movement and signs, listening for sounds, driving or walking slowly and stopping frequently you can increase your viewing opportunities. The refuge provides habitat for a wide variety of life in multiple habitats. More than 200 species of birds, 26 species of fish, 50 species of mammals, 22 species of reptiles and amphibians and more than 420 plant species have been recorded on the refuge. What will you see when you visit?

      Our Library

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      Seney National Wildlife Refuge was fortunate enough to be one of the recipients of the Great American Outdoor Act Funds. These funds will allow us to complete much needed work on several refuge structures which have been on a maintenance backlog.

      Get Involved

      Seney National Wildlife Refuge has a thriving volunteer program with over 60 volunteers donating thousands of hours each year. However, new volunteers are needed each year to help us fulfill our mission. You can be a part of something great! Many volunteers staff the visitor center information desk and help visitors plan their day. They also staff activity booths during special events, lead school and nature programs, assist with fire management activities, conduct wildlife surveys, assist with maintenance projects and a variety of other tasks. Volunteers make a huge difference at the refuge! Whether you can volunteer for just an hour or throughout the year, all help is greatly appreciated.