NORTHERN MICHIGAN – Seney National Wildlife Refuge was fortunate to be one of the recipients of the Great American Outdoor Act Funds. These funds will allow the Refuge to complete much needed work on several Refuge structures. Funding will go to four major projects:
- New combined visitor and headquarters building;
- Marshland Wildlife Drive and Fishing Loop Bridge and Water Control Structure repairs;
- Display pool site rehabilitation and improvements; and,
- Pine Ridge Nature Trail Improvement Project.
Most of the project affects the current visitor center, office and campus surrounding these buildings. As part of this process, the old visitor center was demolished this winter and construction of a new visitor center/head office will begin. The contractor hiring process is underway.
Work continues on the water control structures and the bridge. Proposed changes to the display pool enclosure have been posted for public comment. Planning on all aspects continues!
With the demotion of the old Visitor Center, the Refuge adapted other existing facilities to temporarily house the Visitor Center and headquarters offices. The temporary visitor centre, located on River Road about 10 km south of the main entrance to the refuge, was open all summer from Tuesday to Saturday. Marshland Wildlife Drive and the Fishing Loop will continue to be closed, but all other trails will be open, including the Driggs River Rd and Robinson Rd access area. Canoeing and kayaking on the Manistique River will take visitors through the refuge and the Whitefish Point unit remains open. Trails can be used all winter as always.
Project details and updates can be found on the website (click here) www.fws.gov/refuge/seney