Visitor Center Information

Open 

May 15 - Oct 20

Hours

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Closed on all Federal holidays

GPS Coordinates

N 46 17.320 

W 85 56.680

A Day at the Seney Wildlife Refuge

A Day at the Seney Wildlife Refuge

Spring is finally here and the babies are hatching at the Seney National Wildlife Refuge. We spent an afternoon in the refuge recently and were pleasantly surprised by the number of goslings running about. It reminded me of the days when my parents would take us for tours at the Refuge. Back then, we would take evening tours (which are still offered) and the guides would describe the intricacies of life on the refuge. It is an amazing place.

For this trip, I decided to throw my fishing pole and some spinners in the truck and we drove the fishing loop. I had never fished the Seney Wildlife Refuge before, but I knew that there wasn’t a size limit on the Northern Pike so I thought “why not”. The pools contain Northern Pike, Yellow Perch, Bluegill, Bullheads and Crappie giving bank fisherman a good opportunity to catch a mess of fish. I did hook into a couple of pike though they were too small to make a meal from. The scenery alone was worth the drive around the loop and I guarantee I’ll be back when I have more time to fish the pools properly.

There are many wildlife viewing opportunities as you drive, hike or bike through the refuge. If you have an opportunity to tour the refuge this summer, stop at the Visitor Center and pick up your maps and learn a bit about the refuge before you head in. The staff is more than willing to give you some pointers as to what to look for. They also have a viewing platform that you will appreciate as well as the only public restrooms on the refuge.

Here are some things I realized during our trip that may be helpful. Chances are that you are going to want to spend some time on the refuge. That said; use the restrooms before you head in. It could be hours before you see another bathroom. Bring drinking water. You may be surrounded by water on the refuge, but it isn’t potable. On those warm summer days, you will appreciate having something cold to drink. You may also want to bring something to eat as the only food available would be several miles away in the town of Seney. Last but not least bring bug repellent. It goes without saying that with that much water mosquitoes are a problem.

I hope that you have an opportunity to visit the Seney Wildlife Refuge this summer. It’s an amazing place to spend an afternoon.

Seney Wildlife Refuge Directions

GPS Coordinates for the Visitor Center are: N 46 17.320  W 85 56.680

The Seney Wildlife Refuge is relatively easy to find. If you are coming from M28 turn south on M77 at the blinker light in Seney and head south approximately three miles until you see the sign for the refuge on your right. You will pass the wigwams and park on your right just before you see the see. Coming from US 2 to the south head north on M77 through Blaney Park and Germfask. You will see the sign for the refuge on your left about three miles north of Germfask.

 

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