Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge

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Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge

Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge
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witchbroomstick
Bay City, MI303 contributions
Low water levels
Jun 2021 • Friends
Water is very low and fields dry making for few waterfowl and cranes. Always enjoy the drive though. Just opened June 1st. We went in the afternoon, not very busy.
Written June 2, 2021
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sland1225
Lansing, MI160 contributions
Great Place for Nature Lovers
Aug 2020
This is a beautiful place for a nice drive in nature. The road through the refuge is great and takes you past a variety of habitats. We saw a lot of herons and Great White egrets, as well as ducks, pelicans and turtles. My mother and I were both struck by the peace and quiet of the environment and the beauty of the wetlands. I hope to return next year to hike the trails.
Written October 21, 2020
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Wendy S
Beaverton, MI12 contributions
Beautuful even when extremely flooded.
Jul 2020 • Friends
Lovely area . Many white Egrets and Geese also the White Pelucans were there. Hard to see for the 1st time and try to determine how much of the area was actually flooded. I am sure many acres wide was under water that ahould have been dry fields. Wondering where all the deer and aminals had to excape to.
Written July 20, 2020
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szar101
Bridgeport, MI177 contributions
Beautiful
May 2020 • Solo
I have been going here since I was a little girl. My mom and dad took us. Now as an adult I go with my mom. The drive they have is beautiful. You see so many wonderful things God created. A must for any outdoor lover ages 5 and up.
** Anytime is good except mid day when it’s hot**
Written May 15, 2020
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SandyL373
Villa Rica, GA14 contributions
Peaceful and Worth Seeing
Sep 2019
We loved the peacefulness and viewing all the wildlife while we drove along the wilderness path in our rented sedan. It is a well-maintained gravel road and we did not need a 4-wheel drive.
Written September 19, 2019
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ebrown991
3 contributions
An evening drive
Aug 2019 • Friends
What a nice perfect evening drive. It is one way in & out on a dirt road. A pleasant way to get away & enjoy the scenery. Happened to have a beautiful sunset and it was a great place to take pictures.
Written September 18, 2019
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witchbroomstick
Bay City, MI303 contributions
White pelicans!
Sep 2019 • Business
Not much migration of waterfowl yet. Drive was open and in great shape. Lots of Great Blue Herons and white egrets. Saw one lone eagle. The highlight all summer have been the white pelicans.
Written September 12, 2019
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Scootereaux
18 contributions
A peaceful easy feeling
Sep 2019
Beautiful surprisingly adventurous. Your pace bikes or vehicles lots of photo opps! Lots of deer and other wildlife combined with the excellent variety of birds, geese, and ducks,etc. Makes for a unique outdoor adventure for the whole family!!
Written September 3, 2019
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Patti Gdub
Leonard, MI100 contributions
Great place
Aug 2019 • Friends
We often go here for relaxation and up close and personal time with nature.
This year the refuge was really harmed by the amount of water we had early in 2019. The park is only open Friday’s through Monday’s for this season. They have put in a ton of time, labor, and dirt into the area to restore the lost habitat.
When I compare our visits over the years, I can say that a lot of habitat has been destroyed. We have not seen the herds of deer as we have in the past. Nor have we seen the soft shelled turtles. Yet there is much to see and hear.

We did meet up with some Univ. of MI grad students. They were collecting data on oxygen levels in the water. Sadly, those levels continue to decline. I imagine their research will help restore the area.

Yet some parts of the refuge flourish.

This has been the first year I have seen pelicans in Michigan. Never knew we had them. You can see quite a few toward the east side of the driving tour.

There are bald eagles as well as a family of young eagles. We spotted a lone eagle toward the east side of the driving tour.

We walked a bit on the trail however my hip doesn’t allow me to do very much walking.
There was no problems with bugs!! 😊

This is truly a wonderful educational area. If you are a photographer you can take some outstanding pictures of the giant egrets, blue heron, eagles, and a multitude of amphibians.
Written August 25, 2019
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KAB552013
Saginaw, MI3 contributions
Great place to view wildlife
Sep 2018
Make sure to take your Deep woods off if you're walking, no shortage of insects. Many birds depending on time of the year you go.
Written August 6, 2019
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