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Michigan Islands
National Wildlife Refuge

common tern on nest

Lakes Michigan and Huron, MI   
E-mail: michiganislands@fws.gov
Phone Number: 906-586-9851, 989-777-5930
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Common terns nest on Michigan Islands Refuge.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Fishing from boats around the islands is allowed in accordance with State regulations.

Wildlife Observation
Public Use is allowed only with a Special Use Permit. Thunder Bay and Scarecrow islands are located within the boundary of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Hundreds of shipwrecks have been located and documented within these waters. The wrecks are frequented by recreational divers as well as researchers.

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)

Entrance Fees
There is no entrance fee.

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