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Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, Saginaw

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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3.8/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web
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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  • Any national wildlife refuge is probably worth it, but this one is very good nonetheless. I've walked and birded here several times, and it is well worth the drive to get to the parking lot. You can r...  read more »
  • A slow drive through the Refuge will allow you to spot deer grazing, birds fishing, wildflowers blooming and many more things to see. 
  • Nature in all it's glory. Your can choose to take the auto tour at the main site and/or you can walk the trails there. (Always check to see if the auto drive is open). If your are limited in your walk...  read more »
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