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National Wildlife Refuge

bohemian waxwing perched in shrub branches, with blue sky behind
1674 Refuge Entrance Rd.
Seney, MI   49883
E-mail: seney@fws.gov
Phone Number: 906-586-9851
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Bohemian waxwings can seen at the refuge during the winter months.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Area teachers bring students to the refuge in spring and fall months to study wildlife and habitat. Programs may include wildlife watching tours using binoculars provided by the refuge, pond study, hikes, and exploring the exhibits and children's touch table in the visitor center.

The refuge is open to fishing from May 15 through September 30, and again during ice fishing season. Refuge regulations closely follow Michigan fishing rules, except that no lead sinkers or tackle are permitted, and there is no size limit on northern pike.

The refuge is open to upland game hunting during state seasons for deer, bear, grouse, hare, and woodcock. Baiting and the use of dogs to hunt bear are prohibited.

Interpretive programs are offered from May 15 through October 15, with most programs occurring in July and August.

Wildlife Observation
Wildlife watchers can choose from a seven-mile, self-guided, driving tour; a 1.4-mile hiking trail; and over 50 miles of backcountry roads suitable for bicycling. Winter offers groomed cross-country ski trails and opportunities to snowshoe through the refuge. A photography blind along the nature trail looks out over an area frequented by migrating ducks in the fall.

Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace is a national educational program to inform visitors about reducing the damage caused by outdoor activities, particularly non-motorized recreation. Leave No Trace principles and practices are based on an abiding respect for the natural world and our fellow wildland visitors. We can act on behalf of the places and wildlife that inspire us by adopting the skills and ethics that enable us to Leave No Trace.

1. Plan ahead and prepare.
2. Travel on durable surfaces.
3. Dispose of waste properly.
4. Leave what you find.
5. Respect wildlife.
6. Be considerate of other visitors.

For more information on Leave No Trace, visit the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Web site. (http://www.lnt.org)

Refuge Headquarters - Open 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Visitor Center - Open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, seven days a week from May 15 - October 15. Wildlife Drive - Open daily, dawn to dusk, from May 15 - October 15. The refuge is open to biking and hiking, or snowshoeing and skiing from dawn to dusk year round, seven days a week.

Entrance Fees
This refuge does not require an entrance fee.

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