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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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  • This place is incredible! You'll love the self guided auto tour. We went at dusk and saw all kinds of wildlife. Deer were seen in the corn fields, numerous cranes in the rivers and creeks. Even a youn...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • A slow drive through the Refuge will allow you to spot deer grazing, birds fishing, wildflowers blooming and many more things to see.