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 local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information.
  • Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, people 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.


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    Grefe Observation Deck Now Accessible

    Construction has concluded on the Ferguson Bayou Trail. Northeast portions including the Grefe Tower Observation Deck are now accessible

    Learn About Trails

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    Michigan Junior Duck Stamp Contest

    Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge will be accepting contest entries postmarked by March 15th.

    Learn More...

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    2021 Consumers Energy Project

    Woodland Trail Users: Consumers Energy is modernizing its electric infrastructure to better serve Saginaw County.


  • Male Deer Drinking Water - entitled "Reflections" by Jeff Novess

    Wildlife Drive: Closed For the Year

    The Wildlife Drive has closed for the year. Usage prohibited for hiking, biking, observation or other activities.

    More Closure Info...

  • River by Lisa Williams / USFWS

    Settlement Reached with Dow Chemical Co.

    Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge will play a key role in providing wildlife habitat restoration.

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Consumers Energy Working In Refuge To Improve Safety And Reliability

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The company plans to start replacing aging poles and wires in the Woodland Trail area starting in January 2021.


Partners Year in Review

Common Gallinule  captured by Al Martinez - Copy

View the Story Map for the Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program Year in Review.

Year in Review

Volunteer Opportunities at the Refuge

Picture of Wood duck eggs by Lionel D. Grant /USFWS

Lend your talents, enthusiasm and some of your time! Find out how to volunteer!

Get Involved
Michigan Junior Duck Stamp

Michigan 2021 Junior Duck Stamp Program & Contest

Amanda Chen MI BOS 2020

The Michigan Junior Duck Stamp Program blends science curriculum and art to create a pattern in youth that leans toward conservation thinking. The Michigan JDS contest portion is free to enter. Each year thousands of students participate in their state’s program nationwide.

Contest Info and Previous Winners

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