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There are more than 60 species of deer throughout the world; North America holds five
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There are more than 60 species of deer throughout the world; North America holds five
Description - Huron National Wildlife Refuge, located off the south shore of Lake Superior, is administered by Seney NWR. The refuge is comprised of 8 remote islands totaling 147 acres with elevations reaching 700 feet. Rugged granite rises nearly 200 feet above the sapphire waters along the southern shores while smooth time worn granite emerge from the northern shores. Designated a Wilderness Area, the interiors vary from red pines and white birch stands to sprawling ground vegetation to barren pink granite bearded in lichen and moss. Huron NWR was created for the protection of migratory bird life and in particular for the protection of nesting herring gulls.

Attractions - Established for the protection of wildlife, the remote wilderness islands of Huron National Wildlife Refuge offer visitors an opportunity to view the 1868 West Huron Island Lighthouse, a site listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It also offers visitors an opportunity to view migratory bird life and wildlife via established day use hiking trails. Recommended visitation seasons are spring and summer. All the islands are designated Wilderness.

Recreation - Bird watching, wildlife viewing, viewing a historical site and hiking are the primary recreations enjoyed at Huron National Wildlife Refuge.

Climate - The Upper Peninsula normally experiences mild summers with average temperatures near 70 degrees F (21 degrees C). Winter temperatures average 14 degrees F (-10 degrees C). Rain and snowmelt in the region can reach up to 160 inches annually.

Location - Huron National Wildlife Refuge is located 3 miles off the south shore of Lake Superior and 18 miles east of the Keweenaw Peninsula.

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Contact Information:
Huron NWR, HCR # 2, Box 1 , Seney, MI, 49883, Phone: 906-586-9851
, mike_tansy@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Michigan National Wildlife Refuges - The U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife manage four wildlife refuges in Michigan. Three of the four rest on the Upper Peninsula and one, Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, is in northern Lower Peninsula.

Huron NWR - Official agency website
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Official agency website.


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