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Seney Wildlife Refuge
The Seney National Wildlife Refuge of Germfask, Michigan
The Seney National Wildlife Refuge is one of the Upper Peninsula's major tourist attraction with over 88,000 visitors to the refuge annually. The Seney National Wildlife Refuge is located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula - just 5 miles south of Seney, Michigan, on M-77.
The refuge is a managed wetland located in Schoolcraft county. It is bordered by M28 and M77. The Seney Wildlife Refuge is approximately 20 minutes from Curtis, MI.
The refuge is focused towards preserving habitat for the 211 different bird species that are found within the refuge. Additionally, the refuge has become a habitat for a variety of other animals. Visit our Wildlife and Habitat page for a full list.
Seney History and Facts
In 1935, the U.S. Government established the beautiful Seney National Wildlife Refuge. It has since been the refuge and breeding grounds for birds and a variety of wildlife. The Visitor Center is open from 9am to 5pm, May 15 through October 15. Enjoy the Center's Touch Table, interactive exhibits, and souvenirs.
The Seney National Wildlife Refuge is comprised of 95,212 acres of wilderness, swamps, islands, and lakes. Animals abound and thrive within the safe haven of this refuge. Swans, osprey, deer, loons, moose, deer, turtles, geese, fish, eagles, along with a host of amphibians can all be viewed within the parameters of the refuge.
The Seney National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1935 and at that time the Canada goose was a threatened species due to widespread hunting. The population of Canada geese was reduced to a trickle of birds. One of the top priorities of the Seney Wildlife Refuge was to create a refuge for these geese (shown to the right).
Exploring the Seney Wildlife Refuge
There are many ways to explore the Seney Wildlife Refuge. Visitors can choose to drive the Marshland Wildlife Drive, walk the Pine Ridge Nature Trail, bike, hike, ski, or snowshoe the back country, and canoe & kayak the Manistique River. Kayaking or Canoeing the Seney Refuge gives you and your family the opportunity to see wildlife up-close without disturbing them.
Directions to the Seney Wildlife Refuge:
From Highway M-28, turn south on M-77 in Seney and continue 5 miles to the Refuge Entrance Road. Turn right (west) – the Visitor Center is approximately one mile ahead on the right.
From US-2, turn north on M-77 in Blaney Park and continue 12 miles to the Refuge Entrance Road (2 miles north of Germfask). Turn left (west) – the Visitor Center is approximately one mile ahead on the right.
Seney National Wildlife Refuge - Headquarters
1674 Refuge Entrance Road
Seney, MI 49883