61 Reedsburg Dead Stream
wildlife viewing |
directions and facility information
Photos: © Bob Hess
This flooding is one of the largest managed wetlands
in the northern Lower Peninsula. There is a state
forest campground near the Reedsburg dam on the south
end of the flooding. No other developments or improvements
are found at this site, but the small boat ramps beckon
you to a wonderful wilderness experience.
Photo: © Phil Seng
The flooding is usually teeming with wildlife, and
with a short trip upstream in a non-motorized boat
you can explore the 30,000-acre Dead Stream Swamp-the
largest semi-wilderness area in the Lower Peninsula.
No motors of any kind are permitted in the
dead stream swamp. Motors are allowed on
boats in the flooding or the backwaters of the dam.
Bald eagle chicks are a mottled chocolate
brown color all over. They will not get
their distinctive white head and tail feathers
until they are 3-4 years old.
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Photo: © Bill Bowerman
The extensive beds of wild rice that grow in the
flooding are very attractive to many kinds of waterfowl
in the fall. Species that may be seen here include
buffleheads, goldeneyes, wood ducks, Canada geese,
black ducks and mallards. Scaup, mergansers, and loons
are also seen here in the early spring right after
the ice breaks up. Spring is a great time to view
waterfowl because many of them are in their colorful
breeding plumage. An active bald eagle nest is visible
on the opposite shore one of the boat ramps.
Bald eagles nest along the Dead
Stream Flooding. Eagles usually use
the same nest from year to year,
adding sticks and other material to it
each season. These nests can weigh
up to 2,000 pounds after many
years of use! Photo: © Bill Bowerman
Eagle viewing is very good during spring and through
mid to late June when young eaglets leave their nest.
Several osprey platforms have been placed in the flooding
and most of them are used each year by nesting ospreys.
Ospreys are very common sightings on the flooding.
Please do not attempt to approach the eagle
or osprey nests. Muskrats, mink, and river
otters also make this area their home, and may be
seen by the stealthy observer.
This area is open to public hunting.
Contact the michigan department of natural resources
for affected seasons and locations.