Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


  • Current Refuge Closures

    In keeping with guidance from the CDC, we postponed reopening the visitor center for the season.

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    Have Monarchs Arrived at Your House?

    Keep your eyes peeled. A great citizen science project tracks monarchs moving north. Report when you see the first butterfly, egg or larva.

    Track their progress.

  • Common loon with chicks on its back by Dan Irizarry

    Seney National Wildlife Refuge

    This three-minute introduction to the refuge contains footage from the Seney Natural History Association film, "The Wonder of Nature.”

    Introduction to Seney National Wildlife Refuge

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    Seney Natural History Association

    The Seney Natural History Association is the non-profit group that helps the refuge put on special events, hire interns, and much more!

    Seney Natural History Association


Drives Closed for the Season

The Marshland Wildlife Drive closed for the season on Oct. 20. The Fishing Loop closed on Oct. 1 to allow migrating waterfowl a quiet place to rest during migration. Next year we will be replacing several bridges on the drives. This will cause closures throughout the season. Check for updates on affected areas as our plans change.

Hunters - Camping Permits Issued

Interested in camping during the 2021 rifle deer season? Here’s how to register: Send the following information to Jennifer Wycoff, via email to or text/phone (906) 286-1599: your name, number of people in your party, phone number(s) we can reach you at now and while camping, arrival and departure dates, type of camp: tent, trailer, pickup camper, other. Vehicle information: make and model of all vehicles using the site and desired camp location.


Seney National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center Demolition Underway

Visitor Center Demolition

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 awaiting funding. The largest portion of the project effects the current visitor center, office, and the campus surrounding these buildings. As part of this process the two buildings were evaluated to see if they could be renovated to meet the needs of the station. During this process it was determined the best path forward was to demolish the current structures and build a new combined building. We have been working with an architecture firm and our plans are nearing completion. August 28, 2021 was the last day the current visitor center was open to the public before closing permanently so we could begin our move. On October 19, 2021 we began the external demolition of the building.

Visitor Center Demo Press Release

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
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 Complex

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

Read more about the complex
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