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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  • August 8, 2017
    There is a road around the entire refuge, which allows you see almost all the sights right from your car. There are also some pulloff places with viewing stands to stop and spend more time on several ...  more »
  • April 11, 2017
    If you like hiking, this is a great place to go to enjoy peace and quiet and nature and just get away from stress. This spot is left the way nature intended it to be, a true refuge for wildlife.  more »
  • March 22, 2017
    Absolutely beautiful terrain. Miles and miles of woods, wetlands, fields and rivers....oh and tons of animals - I even saw bear prints and scat.  more »

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