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Michigan dnr > wildlife viewing guide > southern lower peninsula > fish point

119 Fish Point State Wildlife Area Southern Lower Peninsula

wildlife viewing  |  directions and facility information

lake
Photo: © Phil Seng

The thumb region of Michigan is known for being flat, and Fish Point is no exception. This site contains more than 3,000 acres of flat farm fields, diked floodings, and coastal wetlands and prairies. Biologists manage water levels and vegetation for the benefit of waterfowl and other animals that rely on wetland habitats for survival.

Wildlife Viewing

birds in flight
Photo: © Phil Seng

Because of the tremendous variety and abundance of waterfowl found here, the Fish Point area has been called the "Chesapeake of the Midwest." During spring migration (March-April) the habitat and food resources at this site attract thousands of ducks and other water birds. Part of the state game area is a wildlife refuge. The refuge is off-limits to the public year-round.

An observation tower and wildlife viewing trail provide excellent opportunities to see wildlife in and around the refuge. Drive the county roads to view birds feeding in local farm fields and wetlands. Drive north on Ringle Road to view the tip of Fish Point and Saginaw Bay. Several private lodges here cater to wildlife watchers and sportsmen. During winter, it is not uncommon to see snowy owls at Fish Point. These large, majestic owls normally do not spend much time in lower Michigan, but when the food is scarce in their northern homelands, they may drift south to try their luck.

Portions of this area are open to public hunting. Check with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for hunting seasons and regulations.

MapDirections

From Unionville, follow M-25 west for 3 miles to Ringle Road. Turn right (north) and proceed 3 miles to the property boundary.

Ownership: Michigan Department of Natural Resources (989) 674-2511

Size: 3,700 acres

Closest Town: Unionville

Weather and Driving Directions for Unionville

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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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