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107 Pointe Mouillee State Game Area Upper Peninsula

wildlife viewing  |  directions and facility information

marsh
Photo: MI DNR

Pointe Mouillee (pronounced "Point Moo-yay") is a spit of land that jets into Lake Erie near the mouth of the Huron River. Pointe Mouillee is one of the largest fresh water marsh restoration projects in the world—the result of a gigantic earth-moving/dike-building project. It consists of wetlands, diked marshes, and river bayous.

dump truck back hoe
Heavy equipment hauls in rocks and earth to create
dikes and impoundments in Lake Erie.

aeiral view  aerial view aerial view
The completed matrix of marshes is one of the largest fresh water marsh
restoration projects in the world.

Photos: MI DNR

The wetland dikes make excellent hiking trails, although visitors should be aware that construction and maintenance traffic occurs throughout the year. Site maps are available at the area headquarters or at the map link below.
just after construction after construction
Even after a major construction project, it doesn’t take long
before natural vegetation grows back, providing habitat
for many kinds of wetland wildlife. Photo: MI DNR
On the first weekend after Labor Day every year, the Pointe Mouillee Waterfowl Festival Committee puts on their annual waterfowl festival at the Pointe Mouillee State Game Area Headquarters. All funds generated by the festival go toward the restoration of the Pointe Mouillee Marsh.

Wildlife Viewing


Pointe Mouillee is one of the best places in the state
to view shorebirds and wading birds, especially
in late summer and early fall. Two pairs of
black-necked stilts nested here in the spring of 2003
—the first ever known nesting of this beautiful
and unique species in Michigan.
Photo: David Kenyon, MI DNR

Waterfowl, shorebirds and other wetland wildlife are the primary attraction at this site. Walk or hike along the water control dikes for a good look at muskrats, waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, and birds-of-prey. This area provides some of the best shorebird viewing in the state, especially in late summer and early fall. There are many different kinds of shorebirds, and many of them look alike. Bring along a good field manual to help you get the most out of your trip. Call the Audubon Rare Bird Alert (810) 477-1360 for updates on unusual sightings n this area.


Photo: David Kenyon, MI DNR

Most of this area is open to public hunting. Check with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for hunting seasons and regulations. Information is available on game area maps.

MapDirections

From Detroit, take I-75 south to South Huron River Drive. Turn left (east) and proceed about 2 miles to a T intersection. Turn left at the T (Dixie Highway) and drive about 1/2 mile to Campau Road. Turn right onto Campau and follow the signs to the headquarters.

Map of Pointe Mouilliee

Ownership: Michigan Department of Natural Resources (734) 379-9692

Size: 4,000 acres

Closest Towns: Rockwood, Gibraltar

Weather and Driving Directions for Rockwood

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More information can be found by visiting the DNR's site (link leads to web app allowing users to search for campgrounds, harbors, trails and more), or by conducting a Google search:

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