Seney Wildlife Refuge
Seney Wildlife Refuge
Refuge Entrance Road
Seney, MI 49883
Seney Wildlife Refuge Description
The Seney Wildlife Refuge represents some of the best wildlife viewing the Upper Peninsula has to offer. Rich in forest and grasslands -- plus bog, marsh, and swamp -- the refuge boasts a wide variety of birds, fish, and mammals, including endangered and threatened species. Bring a pair of binoculars and see if your child can catch sight of the birds that call Seney home. The park is open to hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing, as well as berry picking and mushroom hunting. A self-guided auto tour is also available -- a nice option if you have little ones or if it's too mucky or cold to tramp through the trails.
Babies: Strollers won't make it through this terrain and frontpacks are likely to wear on your back and shoulders, so you may want to try a sturdy backpack carrier. And attempt a shorter hike.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Try the Pine Ridge Nature Trail. It takes about an hour to hike -- little kids should be able to handle it -- and leads you through many different habitats. Or, take the 7-mile driving tour, which offers overlook areas where you can stop, get out of your car, and really take in the area's beauty.
Pre-Teens & Teens: Older kids may enjoy seeing the refuge by bicycle. Check out http://www.northoutfitters.com/ for information on bike rentals. Note: The Pine Ridge Nature Trail and cross-country ski trails are closed to bicycles, but most refuge roads and many miles of back trails are biker-friendly.
- Bring bug spray. In warmer months, you're sure to encounter biting pests like black flies, deer flies, mosquitoes, and wood ticks.
- Get educated on bear safety. Though they're generally shy of humans, black bears are a part of the northern Michigan forest, and they can be dangerous. Call the park ahead of time for tips on avoiding them.
Just the Facts
Hours: Visitor's Center is open May 15 - October 15 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Trails and waterways may be open later and during the winter months -- call ahead for details.
Recommended Time: 1 to 2 hours