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Visitor Center and Drives Open

May 15Trumpeter Swans

On May 15th The Visitor Center, Marshland Wildlife Drive, and Fishing Loop open for the season.  

Visitor Center

Open May 15th to October 20th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, including holidays. Highlights include exhibits, a children’s touch table, “The Wonder of Nature” film, and a bookstore. Binoculars, field guides, and GPS units can be checked out free of charge courtesy of Seney Natural History Association and Seney National Wildlife Refuge.

The Marshland Wildlife Drive and Fishing Loop

The Marshland Wildlife Drive is a 7 mile one-way tour route which follows alongside wetlands, meadows, and forests. Three wheelchair accessible observation decks make this a great wildlife watching opportunity. Visitors can opt to take the Fishing Loop, which will add about one and a half miles onto the Marshland Wildlife drive. It consists of some different habitats making it another popular auto tour. Both tours start and end at the same place. The Marshland Wildlife Drive is open from May 15th to October 20th and the Fishing Loop is open May 15th to September 30th. Refuge hours are from dawn until dusk.  The tour loops are closed to motorized vehicles the rest of the year but walking, biking, snowshoeing and skiing are still allowed (with exception to the Fishing Loop which is closed to all traffic from September 30th until the end of fall migration - Mid-November). The tour loops are closed to vehicles in the fall, winter, and spring to allow migrating and nesting birds a place to rest or nest undisturbed, and because of large amounts of snow.


The Marshland Wildlife Drive and Fishing Loop are narrow winding roads with no shoulders; some motor homes and busses are not allowed on the drive. It is not recommended to attempt the drive unless the driver is very skilled, knows their vehicle very well, and is used to driving it on narrow winding roads. The Refuge cannot be responsible for vehicles stuck on the drive.

The Maximum Dimensions for vehicles entering the drive:

It is recommended that vehicles over 25 feet long not attempt the tour loop.
  • Vehicles over 29 feet long are not allowed.
  • A wheelbase 234 inches or less is critical.
  • Turning radius: 45 degrees.
  • Width: Maximum 8 to 9 feet.

If you are traveling with a trailer you may disconnect the trailer in the parking lot to complete the tour loop.

Page Photo Credits — Trumpeter Swans - Marcy Barker/2012 Photo Contest
Last Updated: Feb 16, 2017
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