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116 Shiawassee River Wetlands Upper Peninsula

ducks in wetland at national wildlife refuge
National Wildlife Refuge
Photo: US Forest Service
state game area wetland
State Game Area
Photo: © Phil Seng
Green point environmental education center
Green Point
Photo: © Phil Seng

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Shiawassee River State Game Area

wildlife viewing  |  directions and facility information

Wildlife Viewing

Walk the dikes that separate the flooding units throughout the
property for excellent chances to view waterfowl, wading
birds, and shorebirds. Photo: © Phil Seng

High probability of viewing ducks, geese, and swans throughout the year. Huge concentrations of geese are common in the spring and fall. Mallards, black ducks, blue-winged teal, and wood ducks are the most common ducks seen here. Wading birds and shorebirds also are very common. There is a high probability of seeing white-tailed deer any time of year. Walk any of the dikes and access roads to get a closer look at the abundant wildlife found at this large site. Camping is prohibited from April 1 December 31. This property is open to hunting. Check with Michigan DNR for seaons and regulations.

state game area An abandoned railroad corridor that runs along the western boundary of the State Game Area has been converted to a county hiking/biking trail. A nice wildlife viewing platform about a mile north of St. Charles overlooks one of the property floodings. Photo: © Phil Seng



Directions to Shiawassee State Game Area Headquarters: From Saginaw, take M-46 west to M-52. Turn left (south) and proceed about 8 miles to the St. Charles Field Office on the left side of the road.

Ownership: Michigan Department of Natural Resources (989) 865-6211

Size: 9,758 acres

Closest Towns: Saginaw, St. Charles

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