Possible Prescribed Fire on Monday 6/25/2018 - Marshland Wildlife Drive May Be Closed

Marshland Wildlife Drive Closed Monday June 25, 2018 If the weather forecast holds, we are planning to conduct a prescribed burn on a portion of the Refuge along the Entrance Road and Marshland Wildlife Drive. The Marshland Wildlife Drive and Fishing Loop will be closed to all public traffic (vehicle, bicycle, foot) all day on Monday, June 25th and possibly Tuesday, June 26th. The Entrance Road and Visitor Center will remain open. The fire will not impact the use of the Pine Ridge Nature Trail. Fire is a natural disturbance that effects the composition and structure of vegetation and indirectly benefits many wildlife species. Much of the habitat that makes up the Refuge is considered fire dependent. The fire management program at Seney National Wildlife Refuge helps maintain and restore the complex mosaic of habitats that supports an array of both wetland and upland wildlife species.

Recent Sightings and Guides

Ruffed Grouse

Are you wondering what you will see while visiting the Seney National Wildlife Refuge? Check our Recent Sightings and Guides page to see sightings recorded by staff and visitors using eBird or iNaturalist. Electronic field guides specific to the refuge can also be found here.

Recent Sightings and Guides

2018 Event Calendar

Wildlife Wednesday

The public is invited to join us for special events, tours and activities. So join us for Children's Fishing Day (June 23), Youth in the Outdoors (October 13) or our popular Wildlife Wednesday Bus Tours. Participate in one of our Art Workshops. And if you took a photo you are particularly proud of enter it into our annual photo contest, entries are due August 31.

2018 Event Calendar

Marshland Wildlife Drive - Vehicle Restrictions

The Marshland Wildlife Drive has many tight corners, no shoulders, narrow bridges, and low hanging branches. Tour Buses are not allowed on the Marshland Wildlife Drive. Please note that tall or very long vehicles may also have restrictions. If your wheelbase is more than 234 inches, your turning radius is greater than 45 degrees, your width is greater than 9 feet, or the height of your vehicle is greater than 10'6" you should not take the Marshland Wildlife Drive. If you are hauling trailers please feel free to drop them off in the parking lot.

Whitefish Point Unit

Whitefish Point Unit

Snowy Owl eating Grebe by Sara D'Angelo

The Whitefish Point Unit (53 acres) of Seney National Wildlife Refuge is located about 11 miles north of Paradise, Michigan. The unit is a stop-over for birds migrating to and from Canada.

Whitefish Point Unit

About the Complex

Seney National Wildlife Refuge

Seney National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Seney National Wildlife Refuge.

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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