Whittlesey Creek NWR protects wetlands along Lake Superior as well as a beautiful trout stream that provides habitat for spawning fish from the lake. For hunters, the refuge offers a good waterfowl hunting opportunity along the coastal wetlands of the lake east of Highway 13. While Lake Superior is best known by waterfowlers for diving duck hunting, the refuge offers the chance for a good puddle duck hunt along the shores. A boat makes access easier, but some hunters do hike in. Hunting pressure is very light throughout the season. The refuge also offers an archery deer season on refuge tracts that are larger than 20 acres.