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Lake Superior, MI   
E-mail: huron@fws.gov
Phone Number: 906-586-9851
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The remoteness and primitive quality of the refuge's islands have earned them the designation of a Wilderness Area.
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Huron National Wildlife Refuge

The beacon of Lighthouse Island gleams into the Northern Michigan night from its lonely vantage point three miles off the south shore of Lake Superior. Lighthouse Island, or West Huron, is the second largest of eight islands comprising the Huron Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Despite their small size, totalling only 147 acres, the remoteness and primitive quality of these islands have earned them the designation of a Wilderness Area.

The refuge was established for the protection of migratory birds, specifically, a large nesting colony of herring gulls. It is managed by staff at Seney National Wildlife Refuge, in Seney, Michigan.

Only West Huron Island (Lighthouse Island) is open to the public, during daylight hours, for hiking and nature study. All remaining islands are closed to the public. Exceptions are emergency landings by boats in distress.

Getting There . . .
Access to the island is by private boat.

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Wildlife and Habitat

Habitat of this unstaffed refuge varies from a sparse covering of red pines and white birch with ground-level vegetation to barren granite with scattered lichen growth.

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Designated a Refuge in 1905, this is the oldest National Wildlife Refuge in the Midwest Region.

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Only West Huron Island is open to public use.

Recreation and Education Opportunities
Wildlife Observation
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Management Activities
The Service manages the refuge as a Federally protected Wilderness area, restricting activities that are not in keeping with the spirit of wilderness. Service staff monitor wildlife populations and protect cultural sites on the islands.