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2018-05-16 / Local News

News from the Seney National Wildlife Refuge

Photo Tours

Tuesdays and Thursdays Upon Request

Meet other photographers and explore the Refuge, look for great shots and share photos and skills.

Twilight Tours

Thursday, May 31, June 7 9:00 p.m. to Midnight

Use your ears, not just your eyes, on these special evening tours of the Refuge. The refuge is closed from dusk to dawn, so this tour is a rare opportunity to experience it in the twilight and early evening hours when many animals are active.

Wildlife Wednesdays

Wednesday nights June, July and August 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Join an evening guided auto tour of the Refuge backcountry. We’ll be looking for a variety of wildlife and sharing Refuge history and management practices.

Children’s Fishing Day

Saturday, June 23 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Anglers ages 16 and under are welcome to participate. We provide poles and bait. Register at the Visitor Center before fishing. Activities and games begin at noon in the visitor center. A complimentary fish dinner for all participants and their families will be held at 3:00 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony and random prize giveaway.

Art Workshops

Saturday, July 21 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Sunday, August 12 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Woodcut artist and printmaker, Ben Bohnsack, will host two workshops. Participants will be able to carve their own one-color designs into linoleum blocks and then print them by hand.

Morning Tours

Monday and Friday July 2 – August 24 Monday, September 3 Fridays, September 14 and 28, October 5 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Join us for a guided tour of the Refuge. We’ll be on the lookout for wildlife while sharing information on the history of the Refuge and current management practices.

Jr. Duck Stamp Exhibit

August 10 to 25 at the Visitor Center

The exhibit features the top entries as judged in the Jr. Duck Stamp Art Contest, as well as Michigan’s best of show.

Photo Contest

Last Day to Enter is August 31

Did you take a great photo while visiting Refuge? We encourage you to enter this people’s choice photo contest.

Photos will be displayed at the visitor center and online for voting from September 10 to October 20. Winners receive bragging rights, a ribbon, loot from the bookstore, and their photos may be showcased in Refuge publications.

Additional Pools Open to Fishing

September 3 – 30

Looking to catch that big fish? Why not try a pool normally closed to fishing? If you love to fish don’t miss out on the chance to fish E, C, D and portions of B Pools that are only open to fishing from Labor Day through September 30 annually.

Fall Color Float

September 29 at 11:00 a.m.

Join our staff for a four- to five-hour canoe/ kayak trip down the Manistique River. Boat rentals are available locally.

Preregistration is required.

Youth In the Outdoors

Saturday, October 13 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

If you have kids, grandkids, friends with kids or are a kid and you want to participate, send an email to to be added to our mailing list and registration materials will be sent to you in August. There will be several activities to choose from and Scouts can earn badges or portions of badges.

National Wildlife Refuge Week

Week of October 13 – 20

Lace up your hiking shoes, strap on your bike helmet, grab your binoculars, launch your boat in the river, drive your car…. whatever your passion, come to the Refuge and enjoy your great outdoors!

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