Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, Saginaw

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The Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge is a 9,427 acre National Wildlife Refuge in Saginaw County managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. It is located in the central portion of the lower peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan, approximately 25 miles south of the Saginaw Bay in Lake Huron and five miles south of the city of Saginaw in the county's Spaulding and James townships. It was established in 1953 to provide habitat for migratory waterfowl.Known locally as the Shiawassee Flats, the refuge lies in the Saginaw Bay watershed, historically one of the largest and most productive wetland ecosystems in Michigan. The Bad, Flint, and Cass Rivers flow into the Shiawassee River in the refuge. Here also the Shiawassee converges with the Tittabawassee River to form the Saginaw River.Wildlife and HabitatRefuge habitats include riparian, floodplain/bottomland hardwood forests, and emergent marshes, as well as shallow managed wetlands and croplands.
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  • We stopped by Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge on our way to Bay City. It offered more than I expected. There're trails for hiking and driving. We drove on wildlife driving for bird watching around...  more »
  • We took a boat ride with Wil and saw more of the area than we ever could have by ourselves. He let us decide how long we wanted to be out and when we wanted to go. We saw 7! eagles, and many other bir...  more »
  • My wife and I traveled here in October and thoroughly enjoyed the refuge and the cooler weather. This NWR is located in central Michigan southwest of the city of Saginaw. There is a daily entrance fee...  more »

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