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Seney Wildlife Refuge

The Seney National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1935 to provide a safe habitat for birds and wildlife.  With its breathtaking mosaic of marsh, swamp, bog, grasslands, forest, and wetlands, the 95,238 acres that comprise the Seney Wildlife Refuge provide visitors with an unforgettable experience.
Over 200 Species of Birds
The Seney Wildlife Refuge is home to over 200 species of birds, including trumpeter swans, bald eagles, ducks, geese, sandhill cranes, osprey, and common loons.  It is also home to turtles, reptiles, amphibians, fish, white-tailed deer, river otters, muskrats, mink and beavers.  Gray wolves, coyotes, bobcats, moose, and black bears also live in the Seney Refuge, although sightings are less common.

Trumpeter Swan

The trumpeter swan is the heaviest bird native to North America.  They mate for life, and you can often see them perform a mating dance as seen here.

Sandhill Crane
Although their natural color is pale, almost silver gray, the sandhill cranes at the Seney Refuge paint their feathers with iron-rich mud, staining them a rusty hue.  The sandhill crane’s bugling duet can be heard from more than a mile away.
Common Loons
Approximately 10 pairs of common loons nest in the Seney National Wildlife Refuge each summer.  Chicks begin to hatch in June, and during their first few weeks you can catch them riding on their parents’ backs for protection.  The common loon wail has been described as hauntingly beautiful.

Explore Seney
You can explore the Seney National Wildlife Refuge in many different ways: drive your vehicle, bike, walk, canoe, kayak, snowshoe, and cross-country ski.  Whichever way you decide, your visit is sure to be unforgettable.

Paddling the Manistique River is a nice way to spend your day at the Seney Refuge.  We offer a 4 hour river trip that will take you through the Seney Refuge by canoe or kayak.  Enjoy the beauty and tranquility of this wilderness paradise as you drift and paddle your way down the winding Manistique River.  Click here for details on our river trips.
Fall is an especially beautiful time to canoe and kayak through the Seney Wildlife Refuge.  Each year the Seney Refuge offers visitors a chance to float the river with Refuge personnel. Join them as they celebrate the fall colors during the Fall Color Float held the first weekend of October.
50 Miles of Bike Trails
Hiking and biking are also good ways to experience the Seney Refuge.  The Seney Refuge has fifty miles of biking trails.  Bring your bike or rent one from Northland Outfitters.  Hiking offers visitors a chance to explore the whole refuge.  Visitors are welcome to hike anywhere on the Seney Refuge unless otherwise posted, or they may choose one of the many trails the Refuge has to offer.

Regardless of whether you are hiking, biking, canoeing, or kayaking, the time you choose for wildlife viewing is of the utmost importance.  Spring, late summer, and fall are best, especially during the early morning and evening hours when most species are active.
The Seney National Wildlife Refuge offers many other opportunities for visitors, including berry and mushroom picking, hunting, fishing, ice fishing, environmental education, outreach programs, wildlife photography and observation, birding, a visitor center, geocaching, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.  Tours, talks, and an array of events, such as Birding By the Bay, Winter Film Festivals, Snowfest, Children’s Fishing Day, Duck Stamp Art Contest, Youth in the Outdoors, and an amateur photo contest, are scheduled throughout the year.

Click here to learn more about the Seney National Wildlife Refuge.
Click here for the Official Seney Wildlife Refuge Visitor Map
Please visit these other wildlife related links of interest:
Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
Grand Island National Recreation Area
Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore
Michigan Loon Preservation Association
Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Museum
Hiawatha National Forest