Description - Seney National Wildlife Refuge is an area encompassing over 95,000 acres of diverse wetland and upland habitats that support a wide variety of wildlife. The refuge consists of marshes, fens, and bogs; coniferous and northern hardwood forests; upland barrens, meadows, and a 25,000 acre Wilderness Area. Approximately 65% of the refuge is wetland. Seney National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1935 for the management of diverse habitats and for the protection of a variety of wildlife that includes 50 mammal species, 200 bird species, and 26 fish species.
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American Black Bear, Euarctos americanus
- There is variety of ways to enjoy Seney National Wildlife Refuge.
A good way to orient oneself with this vast wetland is by starting
at the visitor center, which is open everyday from May 15 to
October 15, 9 AM to 5 PM. Ripe with wildlife exhibits that
include history, habitat, and ecology, the center hosts a daily
slide show from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. The visitor center is a
great source of reference. This is the location from which you
obtain bird watching, wildlife viewing, hiking, mountain biking,
cross-country skiing and scenic driving information. While at
the visitor center, many folks begin their refuge tour by
exploring Pine Ridge Nature Trail, a 1.4-mile loop located just
outside the center affording an intimate look at habitat, plants
and wildlife. Animals known to inhabit the refuge include black
bear, wolves, white-tailed deer, red fox, otter, beaver, bald
eagle, osprey, Canada geese, trumpeter swan, and the common
The Marshland Wildlife Drive is a 7-mile self-guided
driving tour exploring deeper into the heart of the refuge. One-
way vehicle traffic is permitted everyday from May 15 to October
15. Drivers should be aware that hikers and bikers use the route
as well. Along the route, three observation decks equipped with
scopes enhance the visitor's wildlife viewing opportunities.
Remember that spring and fall are the best seasons and that
early morning or dusk visits produce the most rewarding sites.
Evening is a popular visitation time, consequently the staff
recommends an early morning visit. Call for details: 906-586
Berry picking and mushrooms gathering is permitted.
Spring morel mushrooms and late summer blueberries are just
two of the wild foods growing wild amid the
Canoeing is a great way to experience the area
but use is restricted to Manistique, Driggs and Creighton Rivers
and Walsh Creek. There is no overnight camping along the
water routes, but canoe rentals are available through Northland
Outfitters (906-586-9801), who incidentally also rent bikes and
cross-country ski gear. A network of 70 trail miles is afforded
to hikers and mountain bikers. Snowshoers and cross-country
skiers are welcome; groomed trails are provided mid-December
through mid-March. (Maps at visitor center)
Areas of the
refuge are open to hunting and fishing. Rules and special
Recreation - Seney NWR affords the recreational opportunities of hiking, biking, fishing, scenic driving, wildlife viewing, bird watching, and nature photography. Canoeing and picnicking are available nearby. Hunting and fishing are permitted on a restricted basis.
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. Travelers should be aware that significant amounts of snow could fall within a relatively short period of time resulting in hazardous road conditions.
Seney National Widllife Refuge is located in the Upper Peninsula approximately 2 miles north of Germfask and 5 miles south of Seney.