116 Shiawassee River Wetlands
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This site is a combination of federal, state, and
local natural areas that conserves a wonderful complex
of river wetlands located just outside of Saginaw.
The Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, Shiawassee
River State Game Area, and the Green Point Environmental
Learning Center provide access to various parts of
this unique mosaic of natural areas. The Rivers and
streams that come together here drain a total of 22
different counties-the largest watershed in Michigan.
Wetlands and backwaters of Flint, the Shiawassee,
Tittabawassee, and Cass rivers, provide fantastic
habitats for a variety of wetland wildlife. Large
numbers of mosquitoes are common here during spring
and early summer. Come prepared.
Shiawassee National Wildlife
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Huge concentrations of ducks and geese descend on
wetlands along the Shiawassee River during their spring
and fall migration. The Shiawassee National Wildlife
Refuge alone may host more than 50,000 waterfowl at
a time! Photo: US Fish and Wildlife Service
This site is home to some incredible waterfowl viewing.
There is a good probability of seeing ducks and geese
any time of the year, but during March/April and again
in October/November, numbers of these birds may be
spectacular. It is not uncommon for the refuge to
host more than 30,000 ducks and an additional 25,000
geese as they travel between their breeding areas
in the North and their wintering areas in the South.
This site has been named one of the top 25 birding
sites in America. Prothonotary warblers and brown
creepers are but two of the interesting birds that
spend time at the refuge. The Woodland and Ferguson
Bayou nature trails wind among bottomland hardwood
forest and wetland areas. An observation tower complete
with a 10-power spotting scope along the Ferguson
Bayou trail provides a great view of wildlife in the
wetlands and bald eagles that like to perch along
the river. Bicycling and skiing are allowed along
the designated trail systems. Trails are open dawn
to dusk year-round, except during the hunting season.
Trails may flood during times of high water.
Stop at the refuge headquarters for maps and other
materials and to determine trail availability during