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The Refuge was established in 1935. At that time the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was in full swing and the dollar-a-day boys were put to work constructing a series of pools to entice ducks and geese to use Refuge lands. Today theses pools can be seen from the 7-mile Marshland Wildlife Drive and the 1.5 mile Fishing Loop, which start near the visitor center. The roads are one-way with breathtaking views and places you can pull off to look around, fish, eat berries, or take pictures.
Manistique Visitors Guide
The Refuge is a mosaic of shrubs, wetlands, forests, pools, and grasslands - a bird watchers dream with over 200 species. Common sight- ings include American bittern, sharp-tailed grouse, Wilson’ s snipe, belted kingfisher, cedar waxwing, ducks, warblers, and wood- peckers. Bald eagles, osprey, common loons, Canada geese, and trumpeter swans can be seen tending their nests and chicks.
BIG Spring — ‘Kitch-iti-kipi’
Big Spring, “Kitch-iti-kipi,” is one of the most popular and well-known sites in School- craft County and has a rich Native American History. Native Americans named the area of present-day Manistique “Unamanitigong,”
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Deer, muskrat, mink, fisher, beaver, and the occasional wolf or moose can be seen as well. Refuge explorers may want to start at the Visitor Center, open May 15 to Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Visitors will find maps, brochures, tour information, and a 15 minute film. Borrow a pair of binoculars, activity pack or fishing gear. Jr. Ranger materials can be picked up at the front desk. Visitors can download the Tour Seney Refuge or Agents of Discovery apps from Google Play or the App Store for private tour options. The Marshland Bookstore offers books and
Take a hike or hop on your bike and explore. All refuge roads are open to non-motorized modes of travel. The Pine Ridge Nature Trail and the Northern Hardwoods Trails are great places to hike, ski or snowshoe. Paddlers can enjoy a float down the Manistique River.
At the Whitefish Point Unit visitors can enjoy a walk on the beach or the trail to the Point Boardwalk. In spring and fall thousands of birds can be seen crossing Lake Superi- or going to or from Canada. From May to August large portions of the beach are closed for the nesting endangered piping plovers.
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